The former deputy head of a municipal people's congress standing committee in Zhejiang province was sentenced to 18 years in jail for embezzling more than 64 million yuan and accepting 390,000 yuan in bribes. Zhou Kaijian - also a former deputy director of the land bureau and head of the resources bureau in the province's Shangyu city - was sentenced by the Shaoxing intermediate people's court on Saturday. She will be stripped of her political rights for three years and forced to pay 100,000 yuan, according to a report in the Qianjiang Evening News. Calling Zhou a graft 'prototype', the report said she was involved in a variety of corrupt practices, including soliciting funds to pay for her daughter's cosmetic surgery, as well as surgery for her mother-in-law, who suffered from colon cancer. Zhou reportedly told Ma Lihong of a Shanghai development firm between August and September 1998 that her daughter was due to graduate and needed cosmetic surgery to secure a good job. Ma later handed Zhou 5,000 yuan in exchange for being awarded the controlling shares of a company privatised by the land bureau. Aside from accepting bribes, Zhou embezzled a total of 64.5 million yuan in public funds, including 44.5 million yuan between April 1998 and September 2002 from the land and resources bureaus where she worked.