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Retired schoolmaster sent to prison on corruption charges

A former high school principal in Pudong New Area was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for buying pirated books, taking bribes and embezzling public funds totaling 230,000 yuan (US$36,125), a local court ruled.

Prosecutors began to investigate the convict, surnamed Sun, three years after he retired following a tip-off received early last year.

Between 2000 and 2003, the school bought pirated books worth more than 1 million yuan from a vendor surnamed Xu who gave Sun about 80,000 yuan in kickbacks.

In 2004 Sun found Xu added an extra 400,000 yuan in invoices for books sold to the school to make up his cost of bribery. Sun asked Xu to return 150,000 yuan in cash and pay the rest in books, the court heard.

Instead of deposing the returned 150,000 yuan in the school's bank account, Sun embezzled it before he retired in October 2007.

Sun's case is one of the 46 corruption cases Pudong prosecutors investigated last year following tip-offs from citizens. Some of them are major criminal cases. Prosecutors said they saw a notable increase in tip-offs as compared with 2010.


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