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Official probed after his daughter's flaunting

By Li Qian (Shanghai Daily)

10:08, March 13, 2012

Tianjin government are investigating a deputy district head for corruption after his daughter boasted about her lavish lifestyle on her microblog.

The 27-year-old Li Ying, daughter of Li Zhiyang, posted pictures on Weibo.com of a treasure trove of luxuries: handbags worth tens of thousands yuan each, expensive shoes and several high-end cosmetics products.

An unidentified whistleblower said Li Ying couldn't afford these luxuries because she earned only about 3,000 yuan (US$475) per month as an official with the district's land resource administration, a local newspaper, the Time Weekly, reported.

"Li Zhiyang helped her get the job though she didn't pass the civil servant exams. He was the former director of the district's land resource bureau between 2000 and 2007," the whistleblower said.

Li Zhiyang was also accused of scraping around 20 million yuan in supporting expenses for a contractor in 2004 when he was in charge of a residential complex in Xiqing District.

In return, the contractor helped Li Ying get into a better university despite her unqualified score, the report cited the whistleblower as saying.

The 55-year-old man dismissed the allegations, saying he deserved the priorities thanks to his contributions.

"The Tianjin Polytechnic University moved to Xiqing District around 2004. I was responsible for the project. Tianjin government officials promised to give every one who contributed to the program priority," he said.

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