The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced on April 2 that 633 corruption cases in the field of grain purchase and sales were filed at all levels in Shandong province.

Accordingly, over 600 Shandong officials were investigated, and 285 were punished.

Most of the accused officials had served in the Hunan grain system for a long time and held high-ranking positions.

Most recently, Li Changyuan, former first-level investigator of the city’s Development and Reform Commission and former Deputy Director of Jining Grain Bureau, was under investigation on March 29, six months after he retired.

Shandong’s investigation list also mentioned Su Weiqing, Secretary of the Party Branch and Deputy Director of the Grain and Material Reserve Center in Muping District, Yantai City, and Meng Lian, the former director of the Decheng Grain Purchase and Storage Center, Dezhou City.

Previously, Shandong’s Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection and Supervision reported five typical corruption scenarios in grain purchase and sales.

Wang Yanmin, the local grain reserve’s former director in Sishui County, Jining City, was named as an example. He was under investigation in October 2021 for alleged corruption and bribery.

According to the investigation’s report, Wang abused his position to assist others and accepted bribes in-ground storage projects, payment of project funds, procurement of grain storage equipment, and grain purchase and sales from 2010 to 2019.

During this period, Wang had exploited the grain rotation process, price fluctuations, grain losses, and interest rate differences to embezzle the grain surplus and misappropriate profits from grain purchases and sales.

Before Wang’s investigation, Han Ning 韩宁, the former cashier of Weifang Leigushan National Grain Reserve Co. Ltd was sentenced to three years in prison, suspended for five years, for embezzlement of public funds in April 2021.

According to the report, Han had taken advantage of his position to misappropriate public funds on five occasions.

Like Shandong, Hunan recently reported 189 corruption cases filed at all levels.
336 Hunan officials received punishment, while 82 others were detained for alleged corruption in grain purchase and sales.

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