The political advisory body of Liaoning province is looking into allegations that one of its members was involved in triad crimes and living with all of his "former wives" together.
Li Qingshan, a member of the Liaoning committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, admitted that he has three sons and a daughter by his three former wives, according to report on Xinhua's website.
When asked by Xinhua about his marital status, Li, 52, said he was "currently single", after his third marriage ended two weeks ago.
Li, a Jinzhou-based tycoon who runs several businesses, is also the incumbent deputy chairman of Jinzhou's Federation of Industry and Commerce and the president of the city's charity council, Xinhua said.
A document provided to Xinhua by the Jinzhou Marriage Registration Office showed that Li married his first wife on May 19, 1998. They divorced on August 9 that year, and three days later he married again. His third marriage began three days after divorcing his second wife on March 3, 2011, and ended last month.
Li came under the spotlight last month when a letter was posted on several online forums claiming that Li kept all of his former wives, mistresses and children at a luxury complex formed by a group of villas spanning several hectares behind a People's Liberation Army garrison in Taihe district, Jinzhou .
The letter also alleged that Li had close connections with local triad gangs and that he kept several guns at home and work.
Li denied the allegations made in the letter, Xinhua reported. He said he had only four children, but conceded that the births of one boy and one girl broke the one-child law.