A businesswoman with ties to a disgraced former railways minister has been jailed 20 year for graft.
Ding Yuxin, also known as Ding Shumiao, helped 23 businesses win railway construction contracts and funneled 49 million yuan (US$8 million) worth of kickbacks to former railways minister Liu Zhijun, Reuters reported Tuesday, citing state media.
Last year, China Daily reported that Ding also “offered sexual favors to Liu by arranging an unidentified number of women for him”.
In a brief statement on its microblog, a Beijing court said the evidence in the case against Ding was clear.
The court ordered her to pay a fine of 2.5 billion yuan and surrender assets worth 20 million yuan.
Ding had humble beginnings as an egg seller but built a business empire over three decades with interests in coal and high-speed railways.
Officials began an inquiry into Ding when an auditor found a state-owned enterprise paid nearly 100 million yuan to her company, the report said.
After a high-profile trial last year, Liu received a suspended death sentence, a punishment that usually amounts to life in prison, for taking bribes and steering contracts to associates.
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