Jail for trio in multimillion yuan corruption scandal

One is former deputy president of Donghua University, another is a former vice chairman of Hongkou District People's Congress. The third ran a firm affiliated to the university.
Gong Shiwei

Front row (from left): Liu Geng, Hua Dongping and Jiang Jianming stand trial at the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court on Wednesday.

Three people involved in a corruption scandal were sent to jail on Wednesday by Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court.

From 2002 to 2014, Jiang Jianming, Hua Dongping and Liu Geng took advantage of their positions and helped others to obtain contracts. In return, they received bribes of 12.2 million yuan (US$1.84 million). They then invested their ill-gotten gains and profited 29 million yuan, the court said.

Jiang is the former deputy president of Donghua University, Hua former vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Hongkou District, and Liu former general manager of a company affiliated to the university.

Prosecutors said Jiang had been the executive of that company, and Hua had been the deputy general manager. Liu and Hua had also been senior managers of another company affiliated to the university. 

From 2004 to 2012, the trio fabricated contracts and embezzled 7.15 million yuan from the two companies. 

Over the period, Jiang and Liu siphoned off a further 29.39 million yuan for personal profits, including 19.8 million yuan used to buy property and investing in projects. 

When auditors launched investigations in 2013, Hua and Liu destroyed the accounting records.

As the three admitted guilt and had returned their illegal funds, they were granted lighter sentences, the court said.

Jiang was sentenced to 20 years behind bars and fined 2 million yuan. Hu was jailed for 15 years and fined 1.6 million yuan, and Liu received an 18-year sentence and a 2.1 million yuan fine.

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