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Debate rages online: Bribes or donations?


10:24, January 09, 2013

When a local finance bureau official's mistress, the head of a kindergarten, needed a school bus, the official compelled a businessman to "donate" one.

In November, the official was sentenced to ten years in jail, but the case was thrust back into the spotlight after a local newspaper in Chongqing ran an article about it on Sunday. The paper then used its official microblog account to post a link to the story online, generating great netizen interest.

Lu Zuguo, a former official with the finance bureau of Fengjie County in Chongqing, met Gao Heping, his mistress who was 27 at the time, online in 2010. Though he was 47 and already married, the two became lovers in April 2011.

In December 2011, Lu solicited donations for a school bus for Gao's school from businessman Chen Wenbing, who needed Lu's signature to receive approved government funding.

Chen agreed, and Lu was later convicted of taking bribes and sentenced to ten years in prison by the Fengjie County People's Court in November.

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