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China Sex Scandal Official Gets Prison for Bribery

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China / Lei Zhengfu

China / Lei Zhengfu

A court in southeastern China has sentenced a former government official to 13 years in prison on a bribery conviction.

The official Xinhua news agency reports the court in the municipality of Chongqing handed down the sentence Friday to Lei Zhengfu, the former top official of one of the city's districts. His punishment also includes the confiscation of personal assets and a fine of $48,000.

Lei became notorious after a video of him having sex with a mistress was released on the Internet late last year. Chinese media said the video was part of a scheme by property developers to bribe and blackmail government officials.

President Xi Jinping has vowed to crack down on corruption at all levels, though only a small number of senior officials have been fired or investigated for corruption.