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China Corruption Blotter (February 1, 2013)

Wu Yongwen, former deputy director of the Standing Committee of Hubei Provincial People’s Congress, has reportedly been placed under investigation after his mistress’s husband told authorities Wu took bribes and led an “indecent life.” This is the second corruption probe into a deputy-minister level official to be initiated since the 18th CPC National Congress in November 2012. The first, still ongoing, is focused on former Sichuan Province deputy Party secretary Li Chuncheng. and

Officials from Shangrao County’s Qingshui Township’s Qianwang Village (Jiangxi Province) were alleged to have celebrated moving into a new office with a luxurious feast. Three officials have reportedly lost their positions as a result of the investigation. Shangrao received huge amounts of government funding after being placed on an official list of “poverty-stricken” counties in China.

Three officials have reportedly been placed under investigation after being accused of sexual misconduct by netizens: Shandong Province Agricultural Department deputy director Shan Zengde, who allegedly wrote a letter promising to divorce his wife and marry his mistress; Liaocheng City (Shandong Province) government office union chief Du Zeyong, who netizens say was caught on camera traveling with his mistress; and Shangqiu City (Henan Province) deputy secretary-general Zhang Minqiang, who allegedly featured in a sex video posted by a woman who said she was forced to be his mistress.

According to Guangdong Commission for Discipline Inspection, Shanwei City Politics and Law Committee secretary Chen Zengxin was sacked and expelled from the Party for taking bribes. Chen’s case has been transferred to the procuratorates for judicial proceedings.

Yang Chunmei, former manager of Beijing Huairou County Service Company and Beijing Kangsheng Service Company, got a life sentence for misappropriating assets and land worth more than $3 million, and embezzling more than $57,000 in cash during the company’s 2001 restructuring process. The allegations against Yang came to light in April 2011.

Former Xingtu County (Jiujiang City, Jiangxi Province) Land and Resources Bureau director, identified only as Ye, was sentenced to twelve and a half years for taking bribes of $147,828 and embezzling $21,545. Ye allegedly took bribes from 20 individuals on 68 occasions, in exchange providing advantages tied to development projects, contracts for managing land auctions, calculating land plot ratios, and ownership certificates.

Former Xinjiang Shenhua Mining Co. Ltd. chairman Liu Bokun has been charged for corruption involving US$5.8 million. Liu allegedly embezzled $4.4 million, which he spent on mansions, jades, and investments in other companies. He was also charged with conducting illegal mining at Hongshaquan mine (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) in exchange for bribes from Beijing Fengding Investment Management Co. Ltd.


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

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