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19 June


Chinese corrupt official decide to hide money like a spy

He hid the illegally obtained amount in barns, chicken coops and water tanks

Photo: SCMP

/NOVOSTIVl/ A corrupt Chinese official who used tricks he learned from spy movies to hide his ill-gotten wealth has been jailed for 18 years for accepting more than 150 million yuan (US$22 million) in bribes. This article appeared in the South China Morning Post.

Yang Guowen, formerly party secretary of the Jining district of Ulanchabu city in Inner Mongolia was recently found guilty by Tongliao Intermediate People’s Court of accepting bribes and failing to explain his wealth.

The report said Yang had taken so much in bribes that he needed to find places to hide the proceeds, and was inspired by the movies to stash them in places such as chicken coops, coal sheds and disused water tanks.

Investigators later estimated that these items – which included cash, gold and expensive watches – were worth over 20 million yuan.

Yang, a member of Ulanchabu’s party standing committee, was also found to be the owner of eight properties he had not disclosed to the authorities.