The UK has agreed to return $44.3 million to Macau which was confiscated from a government official who was convicted in the Chinese enclave’s biggest corruption case in history.
The case involved Ao Man Long who was a public works secretary. He was found guilty in three separate trials of taking bribes and money laundering charges in 2008, 2009 and 2012.
The money was originally seized by the British government, but they released a statement Tuesday saying that the two countries had agreed that the UK would return the money to the Macau government.
Long is the highest ranking official to ever be convicted of theft in the former Portuguese colony.
Authorities close to the case said that Long had amassed a fortune of more than $100 million dollars – or, approximately 57-times more than he and his family could have earned during his time in office.
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