Neglected grass-roots grain stations
Since 2020, Yizheng municipal court of Jiangsu Province has intensively pronounced a number of corruption cases against the heads of grass-roots grain stations, opening the lid of “collapse corruption” of the local grass-roots grain system in Yizheng.
Zhou Jianhua, director of the fifth examination and Investigation Office of Yizheng Municipal Commission for Discipline Inspection and supervision, Jiangsu Province, recently introduced that 14 webmasters of 15 grass-roots grain stations in the city were investigated and punished for violation of discipline and law, of which 5 were transferred for examination and prosecution. These webmasters involved in the case have common crime opportunities, similar crime means and criminal facts. From the cases investigated, false reporting of grain quantity is one of the main means of corruption.
Recently, a number of corruption cases in the food system have been reported all over the country, which has aroused social concern. Hu Chunyan, Professor of the Department of public management at the school of public management of Central South University, told China Newsweek that the current case of “granary corruption” shows that corruption runs through all links of grain reserve management, and there are arbitrage subsidies and false reporting of quantity in the purchase and sales links; Fraud, embezzlement or misappropriation of special funds in the supply chain; In the grain storage link, there are collusion between officials and businessmen and reselling.
Corrupt tactics of grain depot “bark beetle”
In May 2019, a theft occurred in Qingshen County, Meishan City, Sichuan Province. 430 tons of rapeseed oil stored in the oil depot under Qingshen County State Grain Management Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Qingshen County State grain company”) was stolen, with a value of more than 3.14 million yuan. It was stolen by Liu Yixing, the storekeeper of the oil depot. The case was soon solved, but the stolen case finally led to a corruption case in the food system involving 13 violators and an amount of more than 4.4 million yuan.
In April 2020, in a search and evidence collection, investigators obtained a company account book, and the corruption case in Qing Shen County State grain company immediately surfaced. Guo xiuqun, former deputy general manager of the company and chief of the finance section, wrote this account book. Wen Wen, member of Qingshen County supervisory committee, previously revealed that Guo xiuqun had already destroyed the account books before 2016 under the guidance of Tao Yonghong, general manager of Qingshen county national grain company. This account book is Guo xiuqun’s “backhand” for himself.
According to the criminal judgment “(2020) Chuan 1425 Xing Chu No. 31” of Qingshen County Court of Sichuan Province, Tao Yonghong, as the general manager of Qingshen County State grain company, instructed Guo xiuqun, the then chief financial officer of the company, to take advantage of their respective positions to intercept and defraud more than 880000 yuan of public property in the process of rice rotation business, Guo xiuqun shall be listed as the company’s off account funds for safekeeping. In the meantime, the two defendants jointly embezzled 330000 yuan of off account funds of the company, and Tao Yonghong individually embezzled 103400 yuan of off account funds of the company. This corruption nest case, which occurred in the County State grain company, is quite typical, exposing the three corruption tactics of the “bark beetle” in the state-owned grain depot: using the old as the new, empty in and empty out, and falsely reporting losses.
At the end of 2016, Li, a grain merchant in Meishan, Sichuan Province, found Tao Yonghong and hoped to buy a batch of stored grain from Qingshen county national grain company. Introduced by Tao Yonghong, the grain merchant bought 1276 tons of China Grain Reserve at the price of 2300 yuan per ton. After the completion of the old grain transaction, Tao Yonghong took advantage of his position to purchase more than 896 tons of rice from the grain merchant at the price of 2760 yuan per ton of new grain in the process of rotating into the county-level reserve of rice. In this operation of “using old grain as new grain”, Tao Yonghong took advantage of the price difference between old and new grain to obtain 200000 yuan of state-owned funds at one time.
In November 2017, Qingshen County State grain company operated the rotation of 1047 tons of municipal grain reserves according to the “air in and air out”. Tao Yonghong arranged Guo xiuqun to make a false sales contract. Qingshen Guoliang company sold 1047 tons of municipal reserve grain to Sichuan Lvyan company at the price of 2460 yuan per ton. In fact, as early as the end of 2016, Tao Yonghong had pulled 938.5 tons of 1047 tons of municipal grain reserves to Qinglong grain depot in Pengshan District in the name of medium grain reserves, and the remaining 102.537 tons and 938.5 tons of No. 3 warehouse in Xilong depot were warehoused in the name of new grain of 2760 yuan per ton, so as to obtain 312311.31 million yuan. Forging grain and oil purchase and sales contracts is to cover up the fact that “empty in and empty out” rice.