The second economic fugitive on China’s “100 Most Wanted” list who had fled overseas was repatriated on May 9 as part of the Chinese government’s operation Sky Net.
Li Huabo, a former senior official at the finance bureau of Poyang county, Jiangxi province, who immigrated to Singapore in January 2011, had been sentenced to 15 months jail in Singapore in April 2013 for illegally receiving a large six figure sum of money at his Singapore bank account.
Beijing accused him of siphoning off 94 million yuan (roughly $19 million) of government funds over a five year period while he worked as an official at the local finance bureau. The funds were originally intended to help the Poyang county’s one million poorest residents, according to Tremeritus.
China has negotiated with the Singapore government over Li’s crimes and requested that Singapore’s assist in extraditing the fugitive back to China to face trial.
A staffer from the anti-graft office told reporters Li’s return demonstrated that “even if those corrupt suspects have fled to the ends of the earth, we will find them and bring them back to justice.”
The first fugitive, named Dai Xuemin, was apprehended after trying to re-enter the country with a fake ID and foreign passport on April 25 at a Chinese airport.
Dai was the former boss of a trust and investment firm suspected of embezzling 11 million yuan ($1.75 million). He had been at large since absconding in August 2001 and thought to have fled to either the United States, Belize or South Korea.
By Lucy Liu
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