A round up of the most crooked, corrupt and downright disgusting officials who were caught wrongdoing during 2015. Xi Jinping and his discipline inspectors certainly had their work cut out for them.
10) Hunan official suspended for “throwing tantrum” after poetry criticized online
After posting poetry on a community website, one official in Hunan was so furious after seeing his lyrics described by netizens as “lousy” and “vulgar” that he stormed into the website’s office and demanded that the critical posts were removed. After they refused to acquiesce with his request, he smashed up a computer before leaving a note which explained he had done so “in an outburst of fury.”
9) Shanxi official suspended after video leaks of him shouting ‘national regulations are worth a dog’s fart’
A Shanxi official was rather open in expressing his opinion that “national regulations are worth a dog’s fart,” adding that “whoever I say is corrupt, is corrupt.” Unfortunately for him, one member of the audience captured the whole thing on film, resulting in his immediate suspension.
8) Yunnan village official caught on video groping woman at KTV
A creepy village official in Yunnan was caught on film sitting on a KTV room and groping a woman’s breast. Rather than reacting with alarm, the woman simply smiled and replied that it would cost 300 yuan per squeeze.
7) Jiangsu village official caught on video trying to rip off woman’s top at local restaurant
In September a series of videos showing a Jiangsu village official gleefully and tenaciously attempting to rip off the shirt of a woman he had trapped on his lap behind a restaurant table made rounds on the internet, prompting the local discipline inspection commission to suspend the cadre pending further investigation.
6) Hebei county cadre accepted over 1.5 million RMB in bribes, bought three Maseratis, 28 watches with the booty
A few weeks ago, a Hubei county cadre was found to have accepted more than 1.5 million yuan in bribes over the course of six years, allowing him to build a collection of three Maseratis and 28 luxury watches. While originally sentenced to death, he was ultimately let off with a two year suspended sentence.
5) Corrupt Shandong police chief jailed for accepting 2.7 million RMB in bribes and abetting convicted mobster
A senior police officer was slapped with a 20-year jail sentence and 500,000 yuan fine after a Shandong court found he was guilty of taking 2.7 million yuan in bribes and protecting a notorious gangster.
4) Former Shanghai senior health official jailed 19 years for graft
The former deputy director of Shanghai’s health and family planning commission was sentenced to 19 years in prison after being found guilty of accepting cash and gold bars worth around 3 million yuan from executives at pharmaceutical and medical equipment companies between 2003 to 2013.
3) Local Guangxi official spends 50 million yuan on rock carving of two phoenix, gets charged with corruption
An art-loving Guangxi county official was brought up on charges of abusing his office and taking bribes after investigators found that he had spent more than 50 million yuan on a single rock carving, using money taken from the county’s disaster relief fund.
2) 11 Tianjin officials accused of negligence after warehouse explosion
11 government and port officials whose “negligence” is suspected to have led to the series of explosions during August that ripped through warehouses in Tianjin storing hazardous materials. At least 145 people were killed.
1) China ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang gets life sentence in secret trial
China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang, the highest-ranking former politician to face trial since the Gang of Four in 1981, was sentenced to life in prison in June following a closed-door trial held in Tianjin.
Zhou received a life sentence for accepting bribes worth 130 million yuan, seven years for abuse of power and four years for “deliberately releasing state secrets.” The court also said that Zhou used his influence to allow others to realize 2.1 billion yuan in profits on business dealings that caused 1.4 billion in losses for the state treasury.