A SENIOR police officer has been sentenced to 17 years in prison by a Chinese court for his part in a bribes-for-projects scandal, proceeds from which were used to buy two homes in Australia, according to court documents.
The corruption case comes amid an Australian government crackdown on foreign investors who have skirted overseas investment rules.
The 59-year-old police boss of Jinzhou’s Guta district in northeast China’s Liaoning Province accepted a total of 6.8 million yuan (US$986,000) in bribes for contracts.
He used part of the money to buy two Australian properties for his family.
In 2009, Wang Junren accepted a bribe of 2.36 million yuan from a developer to buy a property in Australia for his eldest daughter. He accepted a second bribe of 4 million yuan from the same person in 2013 to buy a house for his second daughter. Wang handed out construction projects in return, the court said.
Loopholes in Australian property rules used by foreign investors have left the country grappling with the issue of unaffordable homes and a surge of cash from wealthy Chinese that has prompted regulators to consider tighter money laundering rules.