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Town official takes bribes, goes to jail

THE former chief of Baihe Town in Qingpu District has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for accepting bribes worth more than 2.57 million yuan (US$375,991), officials said yesterday.

Sun Jun, the 54-year-old former town chief, took advantage of his position to introduce construction and building sales business to a self-employed man surnamed Zhang and asked for bribes from him on four occasions, said Shanghai No.2 Intermediate Prosecutors' Office.

Shanghai No.2 Intermediate People's Court also ordered personal property worth about 300,000 yuan to be confiscated.

An investigation into Sun's personal properties and bank accounts began in 2007 after the Qingpu District Prosecutors' Office received letters accusing him of bribery.

Two villas

Officers found two villas under Sun's name that largely exceeded his family's income. Zhang had paid 2 million yuan for the two villas with a check and a promissory note, investigators found.

Sun and his wife told prosecutors that they had asked to borrow money from Zhang to buy the two houses. Instead, he offered them 2.5 million yuan as an investment in the homes.

The former town chief also denied that he had helped Zhang in business.

But further investigation revealed Sun had helped Zhang in several business deals and he admitted the former town chief had asked for bribes in exchange for his help.


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