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China Corruption Blotter (November 23, 2012)

Former Wenzhou City (Zhejiang Province) Longwan District Housing Bureau director Dai Jianhua was recently sentenced to 12 years in prison for corruption and embezzlement. Dai allegedly took bribes of $54,663 from third parties to provide convenience in permit applications, and embezzled $7,987 from Anping Property Management Co. Ltd. Dai has since returned $55,430, which the court said contributed to his lighter sentence.

Six officials from Yudu County Agriculture and Grain Bureau from Ganzhou City (Jiangxi Province) were each sentenced to between two to ten years in prison for embezzling more than US $198,000. It was said that the group collaborated with the assistant manager of China People’s Property Insurance Co. Ltd. to misappropriate public funds by forging documents related to insurance premiums for peanut and rice farming in the county.

A man identified only as Zhao was recently sentenced to 11 years in prison for forging his supervisor’s signature and buying 262 receipts from restaurants and other businesses to claim expenses amounting to $202,889.

Huang Tieqiang, principal of Xiangtan County Fifth Middle School in Hunan Province, was recently sentenced to ten years in prison for corruption involving $29,570. It was said that Huang abused his power to collect fees from teachers seeking transfer into his school and from contractors in exchange for renovation contracts. Huang also allegedly took kickbacks for purchases of various items and facilities for the school.

Li Xing, former deputy general manager of Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum Group Oilfield Co. Ltd., was charged in court for corruption he allegedly committed prior to retiring from the company. Prosecutors said Li took more than $800,000, mostly in the form of bribes to provide advantages in development bidding and the sale of company land. Li said he had been clean for more than two decades with the company, but decided to start accepting money to prepare for his retirement following a failed bid to become a local official.


Chua Guan Cheong is a senior journalist with the FCPA Blog membership area and the China Compliance Digest.

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