The former deputy director of Shanghai’s health and family planning commission was sentenced to 19 years in prison after being found guilty of corruption at a local court on Sunday.
Huang Fengping, 50, was convicted at the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court after being found guilty of embezzlement and taking bribes. Xinhua reports that Huang accepted cash and gold bars worth around three million yuan from executives at pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies from 2003 to 2013, when he worked as deputy head in a city hospital.
In the span of four years as Huang headed the neurosurgeon branch of Shanghai’s medical association, he’d embezzled 1.4 million yuan of sponsorship money for events, Xinhua said. Huang was was arrested in December 2013 amid Xi Jinping’s sweeping anti-corruption campaign after police found over 400 cash-filled envelopes along with two 500-gram gold bars at his home in Songjiang district.
His family was also found to have over 11 million yuan worth of property, all of which he was unable to account for in court.
Huang served as president or vice president at a number of hospitals and worked at Huashan Hospital for more than 10 years before becoming deputy director of the commission in 2012.
Huang admitted to his offenses and told the court that “No one told me I couldn’t take money for my personal use,” according to Shanghai Daily.
He added that receiving envelopes of cash from patients and bribes from from pharmaceutical companies is common practice. “It has become an unspoken convention for doctors to receive money from patients and pharmaceutical companies,” Huang said.
Previous reports linked Huang’s case to the GlaxoSmithKline bribery scandal, but the court didn’t mention any links yesterday.
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