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Chinese county chief bought three Maseratis, 28 watches and jade with 100 million yuan in bribes

Bian Fei, a Communist Party official in Hebei province, whose death sentence was suspended for two years after admitting corruption, promoted staff for 1.5 million yuan a month in bribes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 December, 2015, 2:34pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 December, 2015, 6:33pm

A Chinese county official spent 100 million yuan (HK$120 million) he received in bribes on three Maserati sports cars, 28 luxury watches and dozens of pieces of luxurious jade, mainland media reports.

Bian Fei, a former Communist Party chief of two impoverished counties in Hebei province, was found to have been paid monthly bribes of more than 1.5 million yuan – 300 times his monthly salary – from 2008 to 2013, when he was expelled from the party for corruption, the China Discipline Inspection Newspaper, affiliated to China’s anti-graft authority, reported on Thursday.

He was sentenced to death by a Hebei court in June after admitting corruption, but the sentence has been suspended for two years.

Bian, an avid reader of fashion and luxury product magazines, spent more than 43 million yuan on jade and the 28 luxury watches, the most expensive of which had cost more that 5 million yuan.

He had just placed a down payment on his third Maserati when he was placed under investigation by Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in 2013, the report said.

Bian had also spent some of his ill-gotten money on three Buddhist drawings featuring spells, plus emerald jade items, to help “protect” him from corruption investigators”, the report said.

While he was in charge of Hebei’s impoverished Yongnian and Daming counties, 32 government officials bribed Bian for promotions, anti-graft officials found.

The only person that did not offer Bian a bribe was his driver of 15 years, Wang Jincheng, who had reportedly helped hide the items his boss had bought with all the bribe money.

Investigators later found these items inside 56 sacks and boxes stored at the home of Wang’s relatives.

The items have now been confiscated, the report said.