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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

China Official Denounced by Mistresses

BEIJING -- A senior Chinese official has been denounced by his 11 mistresses after some of their husbands were sentenced to death for graft.

The news, reported Friday by state media, 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 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 six months after completion, it said.

The mistresses decided to denounce Pang after some of their husbands were sentenced to death for graft in related cases.

The party's discipline inspection commission said in July that it would deal with the case severely.

"What awaits Pang Jiayu is severe punishment," the report said.