Chinese media are now reporting that the former party chief of Fengcheng city, Liaoning province has fled to the United States, while the government launched a corruption probe investigating allegations that have been made against him.
Rumors had been swirling online the past few days that Wang Guoqiang (王国强), former party chief of Fengcheng city, fled to the United States, carrying more than 200 million yuan (US$31.46 million).
Wang is alleged to have taken his wife and daughter to US as well, where the family now live as immigrants.
Local officials have confirmed Wang’s escape to the US. In March, Wang obtained a 1 year visa from the US Consulate-General in Shenyang and then went to the United States together with his wife, who was working at the customs authority.
The procuratorial organ has launched into action, officially removing Wang from his post and expelling him from the Communist Party.
However, officials did not mention the exact sum of money Wang was to have taken taken nor did they offer any other details.
Suspicions are rife though that Wang fled to the US for his involvement in the local heating company scandal, according to the Oriental Morning Post. Haide Heating Company, the largest heating company in the city covering around 80% of the city’s households, was besieged by constant technical failures and complaints against the company had been repeatedly lodged by local residents.
Shanghai Daily further reports that the company, after being transferred from a state-owned enterprise to private owned, was run by Wang’s friend and charged fees without supplying heat.
The grapevine also has it that Wang fled China in the name of “an overseas field study” just days before local authorities put him under “shuanggui” (双规), ie., placed under detention by discipline inspection authorities.