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Chinese executive pleads guilty to bribing ex-UN general assembly president with US$500,000

Julia Vivi Wang, 57, admitted to two counts of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and one count of submitting fraudulent tax returns

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 April, 2018, 2:32am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 April, 2018, 7:51am

A Chinese-born executive pleaded guilty on Wednesday in New York in connection with a US bribery investigation involving a former president of the United Nations General Assembly.

Julia Vivi Wang, 57, admitted to having wired $500,000 to win favours for her late husband and another man.

Prosecutors have said the bribe was solicited by John Ashe, a former UN ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda who was also General Assembly president from September 2013-September 2014.

Wang admitted to two counts of violating the federal Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, an anti-bribery law, and one count of submitting fraudulent tax returns, in a hearing before US District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan.

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Wang also entered a plea agreement under which she is expected to cooperate with prosecutors. 

A sentencing date has not been set. 

Her lawyer declined to comment after the hearing.

Wang was a vice-president of South-South News, a UN-focused media group, and International Organization for South-South Cooperation, which has said its mission is to advance UN development goals.

Ashe died in an accident at his home in June 2016.