HUNCHUN, China -- The Chinese railroad official whose house in the Los Angeles suburb of Walnut drew the attention of anti-corruption investigators has been charged with accepting nearly $8 million in bribes, state media reported.
Zhang Shuguang, 57, is alleged to have taken the money from contractors building China’s high-speed rail lines. His indictment follows the conviction in June of former Railroad Minister Liu Zhijun, who was handed a suspended death sentence for accepting more than $10 million.
The 57-year-old Zhang was fired as deputy chief engineer from the Railroad Ministry in 2011. His case is well known in China because he became the leading example of what is called a “naked official’’ -- somebody who buys a home abroad and sends his family away in hopes of making a quick escape from China.
Photographs of his five-bedroom, five-bath Mediterranean home in Walnut, valued at $840,000, have been widely distributed on Chinese news sites.
Zhang was also recently in the news because the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating JP Morgan’s hiring of his daughter, Zhang Xixi, at its Hong Kong office. The investigation reportedly concerns whether her employment helped the bank win business with companies involved with the railroad.