Anti-graft agencies set to be realigned
China’s four-year anticorruption fight will produce a new institution, called a supervisory commission, to integrate separate and less effective corruption control authorities.
Three provincial- level supervisory commissions are being assembled as a test in Beijing, Shanxi and Zhejiang provinces following approval by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, in December
Whether the program will be extended is uncertain, but the three test commissions are expected to be ready by the end of March, according to the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the nation’s top anti-corruption watchdog.
The CCDI also said commissions at city and county levels in the three jurisdictions will be finished by the end of June.
Legal experts call the supervisory commission a more efficient anti-corruption institution, adding that it will be good to give more structure to the country’s supervisory bodies.
In a departure from the fragmented supervision bodies inside governmental departments — such as corruption prevention bureaus and disciplinary inspection authorities — the pilot program would have the three
of Zhao’s foreign investments in order to obtain US immigrant visas.
In 2009, the two received visas as a couple and came to the US that October. In mid2011, Zhao applied to have her green card made permanent.
By early 2012, the pair had about $2.2 million in laundered funds deposited in a Canadian bank account. They purchased property in Seattle and Newcastle in the state of Washington with money Qiao allegedly laundered from fraudulent transactions.
In her plea agreement, Zhao agreed that $25,000 used to pay regions integrate their local supervisory resources into the newly built commissions.
Yang Weidong, a law professor with the Chinese Academy of Governance, said that the fight against corruption will be more institutionalized and the nation’s supervisory structure much clearer as a result.
C u r r e n t l y, Chinese prosec uting authorities not only investigate crimes such as dereliction her bond can be applied to any restitution or other monetary penalties ordered in this case. She also agreed to forfeit her interest in several parcels in a house in Newcastle and a condominium in New York.
“The EB-5 investor visa program requires all immigrant investors to accurately document the source of their funds in their application,” said IRS Criminal Investigation Acting Special Agent in Charge Anthony J. Orlando.
This case received assistance from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and Ministry of Public Security of China.