A FORMER director of Nanchang's Public Security Bureau has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for corruption. Zeng Xinmin, who also served as party vice-secretary and secretary of the party legal committee in the capital of Jiangxi province, also accepted bribes of at least 400,000 yuan (HK$374,000), Nanfang Daily reported. Zeng's illegal activities started when he was party secretary of Jinxian county and continued until after he was appointed director of the bureau in 1991. He was also known to have helped out his friends - for a price. For an expensive bag and 30,000 yuan, Zeng helped a friend buy a smuggled car and procure government licence plates, which allowed the friend to pass free through toll roads, the newspaper said. He also received 20,000 yuan for helping a person to emigrate to Hong Kong even though the individual did not meet requirements. The newspaper said he also allotted projects under the jurisdiction of the bureau to friends and approved residency status changes for entire families. In exchange for changing a residency from peasant to township, Zeng would receive stereos, televisions and refrigerators. Scared that he may have gone too far, Zeng deposited his cash gifts into 12 bank accounts in different names and returned at least 30,000 yuan to people in the hope of deflecting graft charges. In addition to the prison sentence this month, Zeng was also stripped of his political rights for three years.