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An official in Guangdong Province has been suspended after netizens revealed that he owned property worth over 2 billion yuan, far more than could be afforded on his civil servant wages.
Netizens claimed that Zhou Weisi, deputy head of Nanlian Community Workstation in Shenzhen, owns more than 80 houses, villas, factories and mansions, as well as over 20 luxury cars and a high-end hotel. He is also alleged to have illegally acquired and sold land through his position and bribed other local government officials.
Longgang District authorities, who oversee Nanlian, have launched an investigation into the matter. Zhou claims that the property was acquired lawfully, through his non-governmental business interests. “There are records of all the rental property in the house rent and management department, and I have paid taxes,” Zhou told Xinhua.
In October, “muckrakers in cyberspace” revealed that Guangzhou official Cai Bin and his immediate family owned 21 houses between them; Cai’s monthly salary is 10,000 yuan.
Update #1: The netizen who blew the whistle on Zhou’s massive fortune has been arrested, because this is China after all.