A COMPANY boss whose corruption case was once called China's biggest was yesterday given a suspended death sentence. Zeng Lihua, the 38-year-old former deputy general manager of Shenzhen Construction Consultation Company, was found guilty by the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court of taking US$28,000 (HK$216,000), 3.87 million yuan (HK$3.59 million), HK$1.33 million and a foreign passport from two Hong Kong companies over an eight-month period in 1992. She was given a death sentence with a two-year suspension. As she was arrested two years ago, it was not clear if she would have to serve her sentence. Zeng was able to coerce the companies to pay the bribes in exchange for her help in winning three lucrative real estate projects in Guangdong. Xinhua (the New China News Agency) said Zeng was sentenced 'leniently' because she co-operated with the authorities in recovering the money she deposited in a Hong Kong bank. She also provided crucial information on several other corruption cases. With her help, graft-busters in Guangdong were able to put Lin Guanggui, a former deputy-director of the credits department of Bank of China Guangzhou Branch, in jail last year for 13 years. Many other officials have been disciplined and some are still being investigated based on information from Zeng, who wrote a 26-page confession in jail. Earlier reports said Zeng was a hard-working executive who laboured in her job 'as hard as she was racking her brains to get bribes' to save her troubled marriage. One report said she planned to save 10 million yuan in order to lead a comfortable life overseas with her eight-year-old son.