Former Macau chief prosecutor jailed 21 years for fraud and money laundering

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Ho Chio-meng, Macau’s former top prosecutor,  was sentenced to 21 years in prison for fraud and money laundering, as well as initiating or founding a criminal syndicate.

Ho faced more than 1,500 criminal charges for allegedly awarding some 2,000 public works contracts worth more than $20 million to local businessmen from 2004 to 2014. Ho and nine others were accused of pocketing at least $5.4 million.

Some linked Ho’s fall to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive. Ho became Macau’s top prosecuter in 1999 and was replaced at the end of 2014 by current chief executive Fernando Chui Sai-on.

The government’s reshuffle at the time, which also included other top officials, was seen as a consequence of the anti-graft campaign.

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