Zeng Xin, former chairman of Nanning Agricultural Industrial and Commercial Group Co., Ltd, has been expelled from the party and dismissed from office for taking bribes and abusing power. Zeng’s predecessor Song Futian, currently deputy head of the Agriculture Committee of Nanning’s People’s Congress, was also expelled for bribery. http://ngzb.gxnews.com.cn
Mao Xiaobing, former Party chief of Xining city in Qinghai Province, is being probed by prosecutors for suspected bribe-taking. Mao was said to be linked to Jiang Jiemin, former head of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, who is under corruption investigation. Mao formally worked as chairman of West Mining Company Limited, under Jiang’s supervision. http://www.fawan.com
Xiao Shaoxiang, former deputy head of the Beijing Zoo, has been charged with embezzlement, taking bribes and owning a huge amount of unexplained assets involving a total of $3,612,078. Xiao embezzled public funds through fake invoices and took kickbacks to help a contractor win a project in the zoo. http://fanfu.people.com.cn
Liu Wen, the director-general of China Central Television’s documentary channel CCTV-9, has been detained for corruption inquiry. Auditors found Liu obtained illegal benefits in procurement and advertisement of documentaries. http://china.caixin.com
Yang Lin, former chairman of the People’s Political Consultative Conference in Jiuquan city, Gansu province, was sentenced to life in prison for taking nearly $2.2 million in bribes from individuals seeking government projects, land-use permits and promotions. http://news.xinhuanet.com
Wang Jianbin, former chairman of Shenzhen Guangju Energy Co Ltd and Shenzhen Shennan Petroleum Group Co Ltd, received a 15-year jail term for taking bribes over $1.3 million. Wang allegedly helped private investors obtain property lease contract and shares of his company. http://www.ycwb.com
Hui Zhi is the Senior Manager for Content with the China Compliance Digest.
"… life in prison for taking … bribes …" A life sentence is a very harsh measure for "mere" monetary damage. (Though the US, q.v. Ebbers/WorldCom or Enron) is equally "un-lenient".) What is astonishing is that, while Western CEOs etc. would have a lavish lifestyle even without fraudulent additional assets, in communist China one would imagine that these people, like the director of a public zoo, would have "normal" (civil servant) salaries. Therefore, even if they took bribes etc. in the millions one would assume they would not show these assets off in China but stash them away and live a relatively low-profile life. Instead they are even tracked down over Internet photo files when sporting watches that cost more than their annual salary. This is strange for the very reason that China has an even deeper tradition of organized crime (the triads) than Italy but obviously the nouveau-riche have not taken a leaf from their mafiosi brothers' books yet.
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