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China Corruption Blotter (January 25, 2013)

State-run media agency Xinhua reported Hunan Transport Department deputy chief Zou Heping was recently detained on corruption charges linked to expressway construction in the province. Zou’s arrest follows the 2012 detention of two other Hunan officials – Party branch chief of transport Chen Mingxian and Highway Administration director Feng Weilin -- for alleged corruption related to the building of expressways.

Cheng Hao, captain of the Cultural Market Integrated Law Enforcement Team under Zhongshan City (Guangdong Province) Press and Publication Bureau of Culture, Radio & Television, was detained for extorting illegal payments from market tenants tied to approval of their operating licenses. Cheng was also found to own a stake in four local internet cafes.

Former Jinzhong City (Shanxi Province) vice mayor Guo Yongfei has been removed from his positions as Shanxi Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Committee member and Standing Committee member. Guo was in charge of the city’s healthcare, education, culture, and tourism sectors. Investigations are ongoing in Guo’s case.

A former Yichun City (Jiangxi Province) Yuanzhou District Huacheng Street Finance Office manager identified only as Rao was sentenced to 10.5 years for corruption involving more than $129,794. She allegedly used fake receipts to claim reimbursements from the office, and spent the cash on clothes, cosmetics, and mahjong gambling.

A provincial court upheld the suspended death sentence of Li Fulu, former Supervision and Inspection Bureau deputy director from Shandong Province Finance Department. Li was first sentenced in June 2012 for taking bribes and luxury goods amounting to more than $5 million. Li allegedly accepted bribes from Liu Jiyuan of Qilu Bank in exchange for helping Liu collect more than $129 million in illegal deposits.

Lyu Su, manager of the Construction Safety Supervision and Management Station under Jiaozhou City (Shandong Province) Construction Bureau, was suspended and placed under investigation after a video reportedly showing him collecting bribes in his office went viral. The video was dated January 26, 2011. Staff of the station said nobody knew who installed the video camera in the ceiling of Lyu’s office.


Chua Guan Cheong is a senior journalist with ethiXbase and the China Compliance Digest.

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