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China Corruption Blotter (August 16, 2013)

Cai Bin, former deputy director of Panyu sub-bureau of Guanzhou Public Security Bureau, was tried for taking bribes worth $448,247 from several private investors seeking land and exemption from fines. Two of the alleged bribe-givers were identified as Pan’an Industrial Automobile Maintenance Factory and Panyu Shawan Volkswagen Automobile Maintenance Factory. Cai was dubbed “Uncle House” following an online report last October that he and his family owned 21 houses.

Chen Yingxun, former professor and deputy president of the College of Environmental and Resource Sciences at Zhejiang University, was tried for embezzling $1.67 million worth of research funds from a government-funded environmental project. Chen established two private companies, Hangzhou Gaobo Environmental Technology Co. Ltd and Hangzhou Boyi Environmental Engineering Co. Ltd, where he hid the embezzled funds through inflated invoices and fake contracts. Chen returned the illicit money after the National Audit Office discovered the irregularities.

Local authorities are investigating Li Guang, chief of the Housing and Rural-Urban Construction Bureau in Guangdong’s Gaozhou city. No details have been disclosed about his wrongdoings however, earlier media reports allege whistleblower Zhu Guoyu, filed a report against Li for owning multiple properties and violating party discipline during his term as deputy disciplinary inspection chief of Gaozhou.

Chairman and chief executive of state-owned Yima Coal Group, Wu Yulu, has been placed under investigation by Henan provincial disciplinary authorities on suspicion of economic crimes causing loss of state-owned assets in its subsidiary Henan Dayou Energy during the company’s listing process.

Audit director of Henan provincial Education Department, Feng Zhe, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for taking $371,518 in bribes and owning $1.3 million worth of unexplained assets. Feng was indicted for taking bribes from schools and contractors in return for grants of education funds. Feng’s alleged bribe-givers include Henan Industrial Electronic Education Development Company and Henan Modern Information Technology Company. 

Sun Liansheng, former chief of the Development and Reform Commission in Shanghai’s Nanhui District and former chairman of Nanhui Urban and Rural Construction Development Co., was sentenced to 11 years in prison for taking bribes totaling $455,376 from real estate developers seeking government-funded construction projects.


Hui Zhi is a Senior China Analyst with ethiXbase and the China Compliance Digest.

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