With Help of US Private Eye, Chasing Down Corrupt Chinese Officials in Southern California

According to a news report in the Chinese-language Overseas Chinese Daily Qiaobao datelined Los Angeles May 1, 2017,  Chinese anti corruption “fox hunting” squad has used the services of at least one US detective starting several years ago to track down corrupt officials.  The detective they hired commented in an anonymous interview that the Chinese corruption fighter seem to be corrupt themselves.  They only work two days a week and often go to Las Vegas to gamble.  One of the corrupt official chasers even asked him how to best smuggle money out of China to the USA.

An anonymous LA private eye of Chinese ancestry told the reporter that a Chinese anti-corruption has used his services to track down escaped corrupt Chinese officials now living in Southern California.  The US private eye concluded that the thieves trying to catch thieves games these anti-corruption officials are playing is ridiculous. Thinking about this and the Guo Wengui revelations, he quoted the words of the Chinese national anthem “The Chinese nation is now at its most dangerous moment..” (中华民族到了最危险的时候…)

Naturally, the Chinese corruption chasers could also be chasing down political dissidents. The Party doesn’t like them either.
An anonymous interview with no other sources so interesting but to be taken with some reserve.  Seems plausible given the Chinese Communist Party’s renewed determination under President Xi to crack down on corrupt officials.  China certainly needs that.  Corrupt officials in the US might be persuaded to return home by traditional methods including applying severe pressure or sanctions on family members or colleagues. To do that, they need to find them first.
 This article makes me wonder, just how much ‘extraordinary rendition’ is going on by Chinese government operatives in the US to get suspected corrupt officials back to China?  Applying pressure and harassing phone calls to get them to come back ‘voluntariily’ seems a more likely tactic.
Reminds me of the anti-corruption TV series In the Name of the People  now popular in China.  Some episodes are available on YouTube with English subtitles)  In the Name of the People  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXkgp7gYqCc

人民的名义  https://movie.douban.com/subject/26727273/

In the TV series honest officials from the Party center are chasing corrupt local officials.  The center is good, the local ones  bad.  Like the old Soviet saying “If Only Stalin Knew” Chinese style. 
 The LA story suggests that it could well be corrupt officials chasing other corrupt officials.  Sometimes things don’t work out as well in real life as they do on TV.

美华裔侦探爆中国“猎狐”行动内幕:贼喊捉贼

京港台:2017-5-3 05:34| 来源:侨报

美华裔侦探爆中国“猎狐”行动内幕:贼喊捉贼

来源:倍可亲(backchina.com)

【侨报记者高睿5月1日洛杉矶(专题)报道】中国官方近日公布了22名外逃贪官的名单和他们在国外可能藏匿的地址,让中美两国华人看到了中国政府惩治腐败的决心和力度。然而,南加州私人侦探罗先生(化名)的爆料却为这大快人心的消息泼了一盆冷水。

罗先生于5月1日透露,早在几年前,中国猎狐行动小组就通过洛杉矶FBI找到他,一起探讨追捕中国外逃贪官的可行性与合法性。猎户小组知道他们不能以中国警方的身份在美国公开抓人,所以试图通过罗先生以私人侦探的身份找到外逃贪官的下落。

图片来自:中华网

从中国移民(专题)到美国的罗先生怀着一腔爱国的热血,不计报酬地投身到猎狐行动当中。他利用自己的职务之便,通过内部管道很快就找到了外逃贪官在南加州潜藏的住所,并主动打电话给猎狐小组,表示要把拍下的贪官照片和调查到的详细资料交给他们,可是对方“哼哈”地表示知道了之后就再无下文,让罗先生尝到了“热脸贴凉屁股”的滋味,他发誓再也不干这挨累不讨好的差事。

近日,一名张姓受害者找到罗先生,告诉他一名中国外逃贪官骗了他上千万元“投资款”后潜逃美国,希望罗先生能帮忙找到这名贪官的下落。张先生告诉罗先生,中国的猎狐小组也找到他,表示正在调查这名贪官的下落。然而这些人一周只工作两三天,剩余的时间就是吃喝玩乐,去拉斯维加斯赌博,更有甚者,有的猎狐小组成员竟然问他怎样才能把国内的钱弄到美国?

罗先生感叹道,这种贼喊捉贼的游戏听起那么的滑稽可笑,联想到最近的郭文贵(专题)事件,他对中国反腐的严峻和迫切性表示堪忧,罗先生不由自主地哼起了国歌:“中华民族到了最危险的时候…”

罗先生表示,追踪“红通”逃犯对他来说易如反掌,他不仅可以找到这些逃犯的下落,而且能拍到这些人在美国的深居简出的照片。“但我现在学乖了,没有受到委托的情况下,我不会再干热脸贴凉屁股的事了。”

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About 高大伟 David Cowhig

Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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