Cadres in Zhejiang province have been forced to declare private possessions to the public in a move designed to crack down on corruption. The campaign against grasping officials set the stage for the upcoming sixth plenum of the Communist Party's Central Committee by answering last year's anti-corruption appeal by President Jiang Zemin . The new measures required Zhejiang officials to join a self-scrutiny programme and publicly declare houses and cars they own. The new policies also allow anti-graft departments to investigate officials' social lives to combat power abuse and theft of public money. More than 10,000 officials were found to be involved in corruption among the 119,000 cadres covered by the self-scrutiny programme. Offences included possession of unlawful properties, buying houses at lower prices and using public money to purchase or renovate private properties. Subsequent prosecutions resulted in the redemption of 12 million yuan (HK$11.22 million) in unpaid fees, 570,000 yuan in fines and repossession of 329 illegal properties. Several high-ranking provincial committee secretaries relinquished their imported cars for more modest home-made models. In Wenzhou City, for instance, orders made by officials to import 14 foreign cars were cancelled. A total of 126 vehicles used by prominent officials were found to have violated regulations and were changed for other models. The anti-graft departments had already conducted more than 1,500 secret investigations. Evidence was scraped together by examining sales receipts. The departments have cracked down on 456 corruption cases so far, involving a total of 620 million yuan. More than 2,100 people were accused of using public money for personal use. Cases included officials filching government funds to pay for expenses in nightclubs. Investigations also found 3.8 billion yuan of foreign capital had been stolen for the government budget.