The story appears on

Page A8

November 28, 2009

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Nation

Official faked marriage in bid to escape justice, court told

A HOUSING official in northeast China's Liaoning Province planned to flee the country by faking marriage to a foreigner to avoid punishment for taking 60 million yuan (US$8.79 million) in bribes and other payments.

Instead, Luo Yaping, 49, director of the Shuncheng District Branch of the Fushun City Land and Resource Bureau, is on trial at Shenyang Intermediate People's Court, yesterday's China Youth Daily reported.

She is charged with taking 32 million yuan in bribes and corruption and holding another 28 million yuan and US$690,000 that she couldn't explain, according to the indictment.

Luo allegedly made 17 million yuan in the first four months of 2007 by pocketing money from the secret sale of housing allocated for people relocated by development. She is also accused of taking money from 10 faked compensation cases.

In one of the cases, she sold a 924-square-meter house for businesspeople Liu Yuzhen and Hong Laiying for 2.77 million yuan in June 2007. She gave them 1.07 million yuan of the money but kept the rest. She also pocketed public funds, according to the indictment.

Luo is also accused of claiming 3.75 million yuan of compensation meant for residents Yu Yanqiu and Duan Zhifang as her own in June 2006 and 8 million yuan of public funds from the district's land management center in March 2007.

In November 2006, Luo is said to have taken 700,000 yuan her bureau set aside for office furnishing.

An investigation was launched in June 2007. Two months before, Luo had applied to migrate to Canada after registering a fake marriage with a Canadian Chinese, prosecutors said.

The investigation was linked to a probe into Luo's superior Jiang Runli, the report said.

Jiang, 54, then director of Fushun Urban Planning Bureau, was sentenced to life after being convicted of taking 4.7 million yuan in bribes. She had another 2.6 million yuan she couldn't explain. She was also convicted of abuse of power, resulting in a loss of 50 million yuan for the state, the report said.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend