By Michael Evans
China’s Red Cross is once again fighting accusations of corruption, denying allegations that it purchased luxury villas using public funds.
According to the Global Times:
A Web user named Mengzi Mencius, who identified himself as the CEO of a search engine 7SOYO, claimed Wednesday on his Sina microblog that the dozens of empty villas near the [Beijing] Olympic Forest Park were illegally owned by the Red Cross.
The microblog was immediately reposted over 7,000 times with over 1,000 comments, most calling for an investigation.
The Red Cross said Thursday that it did not own any of the Beijing villas, a claim supported by a spokesperson from the Beijing Olympic Forest Park.
The accusation came less than a week after the Red Cross announced the formation of a new oversight committee to supervise the collection and management of donations.
Allegations of financial mismanagement have been frequently leveled at the Red Cross Society of China since last year, after a series of incidents in which extravagant spending by Red Cross employees (and would-be employees) was revealed by watchful netizens.