A former leading official with China’s Welfare Lottery has been sentenced to 17 years in jail for bribery and abuse of power in the most recent scandal to beset the country’s $76bn lottery industry.
Feng Lizhi, 59, a former deputy director of the China Welfare Lottery Issuance and Management Centre, was sentenced to 12 years in jail for bribery and six years for abuse of power by the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court on February 26, the Beijing Youth Daily newspaper reported on Saturday.
Feng received bribes of more than 5.8m yuan ($870,000), while his abuse of power was responsible for industry losses of some 160m yuan ($24m), it said.
The court trimmed Feng’s combined sentence to 17 years and added a fine of 1m yuan, the daily said.