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Officials removed over fakery in clean city campaign

OFFICIALS in a central China city shut down some restaurants and changed their signs to make it look as though they were other businesses altogether to win a model clean city nomination.

The scam was revealed in an online posting disclosing that restaurants in Jiaozuo of Henan Province had been turned overnight into different businesses just before national inspectors arrived last week.

The officials have been removed from their positions, the Chinese Communist Party's Jiaozuo Committee and the Jiao Zuo city government announced on its Website last night, the Chinese Business View reported.

The announcement said its investigations confirmed the online allegations.

The investigation found that just before the national inspectors arrived, Yang Jincheng, vice dean of Jiaozuo's Jiaonan Neighborhood Committee, suggested that restaurant owners who could not clean their businesses to the standard required, shut them and make them look as though they were no longer restaurants. Yang said if they did not do this they would be severely punished.

Jiao's colleague Wang Xiangyang helped five restaurants make new business signs and hung them on the restaurants on March 10. After the inspectors left on March 14, the restaurants returned to normal.

The new signs showed the restaurants were now shops selling items like aluminum alloy.

Wang was punished while Yang and Zheng Yuejin, Party Secretary of the neighborhood committee, were removed from their positions, the local authorities announced.

Other cities have been accused by Netizens of similar scams when they tried to become model clean cities, according to the Chinese Business View report.


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