Chinese party cadre with 22 properties gets jailed for taking bribes
BEIJING (AP) - Chinese state media say a former Communist Party cadre who gained notoriety last year for amassing a large number of properties has been sentenced to 11 years and 6 months in a court in the southern city of Guangzhou.
The official China News Service said on Thursday that Cai Bin, formerly a party official at a local urban management bureau, was convicted of taking 2.75 million yuan (S$567,903) in bribes.
Investigations against Cai began after online reports questioned how he and his family owned 22 properties in a country where a working family struggles to afford one apartment in major cities.
China's web users gave Cai the nickname "Uncle House," and a following online movement exposed several more government officials with excessive real estate holdings.