Ng Lap Seng

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Person.png Ng Lap Seng  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(businessman, fraudster)
Ng Lap Seng.jpg
Ng Lap Seng with the Clintons
BornWu Lisheng
June 1948
NationalityChinese
InterestsUS lawfare

David Ng Lap Seng[1][2] is a Macau-based Chinese billionaire real estate businessman, chairman of the Sun Kian Ip Group. He is a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).[1]

Ng used a proxy to pour more than $1 million into the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton-Gore campaign in 1996. Scandal was joined by embarrassment when it turned out that Ng had been favored with 10 visits to the White House.[3]

Criminal investigation

Ng Lap Seng is the subject of an American investigation, and faces bribery, money laundering and other charges, as he allegedly paid bribes via sponsoring NGOs, totaling US$500,000 to former UN General Assembly president John Ashe.[4][5]

The prosecution fits in a pattern of politically motivated cases, where the US selectively uses its justice system for geopolitical reasons, in this case, as Ng claims, to slow the progress of Chinese influence over developing nations by blocking a major UN conference centre being built in Macau.[6]

On the 7 March 2015 Ng's Sun Kian Ip Group signed a "cooperation agreement" [7]with the Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), Yiping Zhou. In April 2015 the Deputy Director of the UNOSSC, Inyang Ebong-Harstrup, met with Ng in Macau.[8]In August 2015 the Sun Kian Ip Group sponsored a High-Level Strategy Forum for the UNOSSC.[9] The Forum was also attended by former President of the UN General Assembly, John William Ashe. Ashe was arrested, along with Ng and others, in October 2015 by the FBI.

Since October 2015, he has been confined to his New York City apartment on US$50 million bail, with very tight restrictions.[4] As of January 2016, two suspects have pleaded guilty.[5] In March 2016, a third suspect, Francis Lorenzo, deputy ambassador to the United Nations from the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty.[10]

US prosecutors estimate that Ng's net worth is in excess of US$1 billion.[4]

He is mentioned in the Panama Papers.[11]

In July 2017, the U.S. District Court in Manhattan found Ng guilty of all charges he faced, following a month-long trial.[12][13]



References

  1. a b https://web.archive.org/web/20170728162208/http://www.cppcc.gov.cn/CMS/wylibary/showJcwyxtInfoWylibary.action?tabJcwyxt.guid=11W001999&wytype=wy
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20170728192103/http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/world/2015/10/151006_us_un_corruption_china
  3. https://www.thedailybeast.com/chinese-billionaire-arrested-in-un-bribery-case-has-clinton-links
  4. a b c https://web.archive.org/web/20160605083825/http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Billionaire-Ng-Lap-seng-released-with-tight-restrictions%7Carchive-date=5 June 2016
  5. a b https://web.archive.org/web/20160604142739/http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1903711/macau-billionaire-ng-lap-seng-bribery-case-second-suspect-pleads-guilty
  6. https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2003317/us-charges-against-me-are-political-chinese-billionaire-ng
  7. https://usanewsonline.com/2015/03/07/south-south-cooperation-and-chinese-sun-kian-ip-group-signs-cooperation-agreement
  8. https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-n-team-had-cleared-group-at-center-of-bribery-case-1444432560
  9. https://macaudailytimes.com.mo/un-holds-high-level-strategy-forum-in-town-for-south-south-cooperation.html
  10. https://web.archive.org/web/20160415153129/http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1926284/diplomat-pleads-guilty-un-bribery-scheme-linked-macau-billionaire-ng-lap
  11. https://web.archive.org/web/20160507011847/http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article72215012.html
  12. https://web.archive.org/web/20170728033005/https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-27/chinese-billionaire-developer-convicted-in-un-bribery-case
  13. https://web.archive.org/web/20170728045935/https://mobile.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/07/27/business/27reuters-un-corruption.html