The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is Pang Jiayu. He gets the award for the following.
BEIJING (Reuters) - A corrupt senior Chinese official was denounced by his 11 mistresses after some of their husbands were sentenced to death for graft, state media said on Friday.11 mistresses. How did Pang keep it up? Cue the sarcastic laughter. A corrupt government official being brought down by his almost dozen mistresses isn't something you hear every day, and helps to make Pang Jiayu today's Knucklehead of the Day.
The news comes just days after a senior provincial Communist Party official was executed for blowing up his mistress with a car bomb.
"Second wives" are common among government officials and businessmen in China and are often blamed for driving men to seek money through bribes or other abuses of power.
Pang Jiayu, 63, former deputy head of the provincial political advisory body in the northwestern province of Shaanxi, was sacked and expelled from the Communist Party for graft, Xinhua news agency reported.
"Pang did not expect that he would be brought down by his own 11 mistresses," the official People's Daily said in a report carried on its Web site.
Pang, who was also Party boss of Baoji city, had lured several women, mostly "pretty and young" wives of his subordinates, to be his mistresses, it said.
He helped them "make big money" by assigning them or their husbands huge government or other financial projects, it added.
In one water-diversion project in which Pang's wife and mistresses were involved, water pipes exploded and collapsed only half a year after completion, it said.
The mistresses decided to denounce Pang to the Party after some of their husbands were sentenced to death for graft in cases related to Pang.
The Party's discipline inspection commission said in July that they would deal with the case severely.
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