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Former Chinese provincial official accused of accepting vast amounts of jade in bribes
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 4:44 AM EST
Chinese investigators say a former deputy governor took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, much of it in carved jade, as part of a trend in recent years involving the use of art and precious stones instead of money to conceal corruption.
Ni is among at least a dozen senior officials who have been ousted since President Xi Jinping became China's leader in November 2012. Xi has made graft fighting a hallmark of his administration.
The report said Ni, a connoisseur of jade, saw the ornamental stones and other artwork as better bribes than cash because they are more covert.