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162 malpractice cases

CITY prosecutors have investigated 162 malpractice cases in the past five years, leading to combined economic losses of 479 million yuan (US$70.4 million)

Chen Xu, director of the Shanghai Prosecutors' Office, reported this to the Standing Committee of the Shanghai People's Congress yesterday.

A total of 175 people were involved in the 162 cases. Of the total, 20 cases involved 20 government employees above division chief level and 47 judicial officers were linked to 41 cases, according to official statistics.

Prosecutors said abuse of power was most common among malpractice cases. Dereliction of duty, helping criminals avoid punishment and helping people avoid taxes were also common.

The cases also resulted in 11 deaths and six serious injuries and caused an average economic loss of 3 million yuan.

So far, 133 people in 124 cases have been found guilty and sentenced to jail terms.

For example, Fengxian District prosecutors investigated an abuse of power case in April 2008.

From 2004 to 2006, four people, headed by Chen Genming, former director of the social insurance office of Situan Town, Fengxian, allowed 114 people who did not qualify for social insurance to receive welfare.

His actions caused a loss of 7 million yuan.

The four were found guilty and sentenced from one to two years in prison in December 2008 by the district court.


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