China Finds $1.5 Billion Held by Corrupt Officials

The Associated Press reports on the latest corruption crackdown in China:

China has found $1.5 billion in public money held illegally by officials across the country in a crackdown since June, the latest measure of the widespread corruption that has long infuriated its citizens.

The country’s anti-corruption chief, He Guoqiang, told a meeting Friday that the crackdown found more than 22,000 cases in which officials held public money for personal use, and that 81 officials from the government and ruling Communist Party have been prosecuted. Hundreds of other officials received administrative punishment.

He said the crackdown should focus on departments directly under the central government, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported — a sign that the problem exists at high levels.

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