Former owner of three Maserati cars, 28 luxury watches, and various other opulent goods, expelled Communist Party official Bian Fei has been found to have accepted more than 1.5 million yuan in bribe money. The county cadre reportedly enjoyed monthly bribes from 2008 to 2013, at which point he was placed under investigation and, unsurprisingly, fired.
Bian — ironically — acted as the chief of Hebei province’s impoverished Yongnian and Daming counties. According to People’s Daily, during that time he accepted bribes from 32 different government officials in service for promotions, and subsequently obtained aforementioned cars and watches as well as a plentiful quantity of luxurious jade with the money. All of the items — now confiscated — were found in 56 stowed sacks and boxes in the residence of relatives of his personal driver.
In June, the Hebei court sentenced Bian to death; however, the sentence was suspended for two years.
Reportedly, Bian also invested in three ostensibly magical Buddhist drawings that were to shield him from the wrath of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. Bian should probably commiserate with former museum curator Wang Zongquan, a fellow Hebei-based Communist Party figure of repute who was disappointed by divine wisdom.
All that corruption and not a single phoenix to show for it.
By Pinky Latt
[Images via People’s Daily]