corruption: former minister accused, on trial
One of the biggest gambling
scandals results in the trial of former minister, accused of
taking over $100 million in bribes.
Former minister responsible for transport and public works in
Macau, Ao Man-long, is on trial for allegedly pocketing over
$100 million in bribes from casino developers. As the biggest
gambling destination in the world (by revenue), Macau officials
have often been accused of "shady deeds" with the casino
developers and Ao Man-long is the first major statesman to be
brought on trial for such matter.
Ao Man-long has been charged with 76
offenses, including money laundering and taking bribes at least
from one China and two Hong-Kong developers. He was arrested in
December of 2006 and the Macau Commission Against Corruption has
accused him of receiving bribes, after his personal fortune was
estimated to have risen $100 million in the past 6 years - 57
times his entire family's income during that time.