I walked pass a person (twice) in the past couple of days who has resemblance of ‘Lai Changxing’, the Chinese tycoon who lived in Canada for years to be ‘under the radar’ and was extradited back to China for huge sums of corruption charges – that only landed him an ‘out-of-jail’ card in a country that do enforce death row execution.
How does a highly-visible person, who monopolized an entire city/town with under-and-over the table corruption can move to another country to begin with and to be in somewhat ‘incognito’ mode? Through a travel visa? Through a student visa? Through a marriage? Through a work permit? Through an investment opportunity? All of a sudden a person can then claim themselves as a lawful businessman/woman and set forth a basis to establish…?
Once an establishment of an identity, an array of assets – such as business, home, bank accounts; plus, seemed to be the ‘All-American-Classic’ family of four with a two car garage and white picket fence. Then what…?
To only take advantage of our nation’s system to do a whole lot of laundry, through all channels – from small to big assets, from money markets to stocks and bonds; starts in one town/city, to cross State-lines, with affiliates to span across regions and eventually the entire North America. Meanwhile, to continue the ‘incognito’ lifestyle by staying behind the scenes in their living room, after dinner – over a cigar and whisky to convince others to join with lavishly packaged deals of benefits.
These deals of benefits is no longer a Rimowa briefcase of hard cash that you see in old-school movies. It all comes in different shape of form, anything that appeals to you, anything that you’re dying to have – that comes in small amounts. Dose by dose. Each larger than the one before to only get you hooked and addicted.
One after another, got to you – so does the people around you. Your friends, your next door neighbor, your family, your colleague, your supervisor, your company… grows to all parts of your life – like malignant cancerous cells. Before you know about it, it’s already stage 4. Chemo? Surgery? Probably too late…
Let’s say that you’re lucky to find out a lot earlier. You try to fight and leverage, to only be shoved in your mouth another huge spoon of ‘sugar’ that you can’t resist and have the ultimate sugar-high. Or, to have your life be completely turned inside out, up-side-down… a complete wreck.
Enough said, just ask any person who recovered from drug abuse or anyone who had an addiction problem.
Back to the macro part of this post on the subject of the Chinese tycoon. I may have mentioned this on previous post, don’t remember. Who knows why the Canadian government didn’t put up a fight to charge this tycoon in Canadian soil. Because there’s no evidence at all whatsoever to pin him to anything fishy while he lived a relatively normal life?
However, his name and his assets, are and were, transferred to Canada through the years? How easy is it to move things left to right, right to left to our sister nation right next to us? How did these assets slowly infiltrate and trickle-down from dirty to clean, clean to dirty from he and others on their daily wear and tear clothing?
Why no death sentence ruling is that many of the corrupted assets are now probably all dispersed into a variety of people, to objects, to subjects, to fields, to companies… that his death will not only unable to retrieve and obtain assets back but it’s all tied-up in a complicated network that’s more complex than a spider web with a whole lot of legal and illegal binding, so-called contracts and agreements.
References / Photo Credits:
“Former Insider Indicted in Chinese Corruption Scandal” Edward Wong. New York Times. December 30, 2011. (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/31/world/asia/lai-changxing-indicted-in-china.html)
“Smuggling Fugitive Lai Changxing will Face Life at Most” Xinhua & Staff Reporter. Want China Times. July 23, 2011. (http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20110723000068&cid=1101)
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