Ng Lap Seng

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Ng Lap Seng
Born
Wu Lisheng

June 1948 (age 70)
ResidenceMacau and New York City
NationalityChinese
Occupationreal estate businessman
Net worthUS$1 billion+ (October 2015)
TitleChairman, Sun Kian Ip Group

David Ng Lap Seng (Chinese: 吳立勝; pinyin: Wú Lìshèng; born June 1948)[1][2] is a Macau-based Chinese billionaire real estate businessman, chairman of the Sun Kian Ip Group (新建业集团). He is a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).[1]

Criminal investigation[edit]

Ng Lap Seng is the subject of an American investigation, and faces bribery, money laundering and other charges, as he allegedly that he paid bribes via intermediaries totalling US$500,000 to former UN General Assembly president John Ashe.[3][4]

Since October 2015, he has been confined to his New York City apartment on US$50 million bail, with very tight restrictions.[3] As of January 2016, two suspects have pleaded guilty.[4] In March 2016, a third suspect, Francis Lorenzo, deputy ambassador to the United Nations from the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty.[5]

US prosecutors estimate that Ng's net worth is in excess of US$1 billion.[3]

Ng Lap Seng was also part of a Democratic fund-raising scandal when Bill Clinton was president, and is mentioned in the Panama Papers.[6]

In July 2017, the U.S. District Court in Manhattan found Ng guilty of all charges he faced, following a month-long trial.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wu Lisheng". CPPCC. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  2. ^ "美反腐起訴澳門商人吳立勝和前聯大主席". BBC Chinese. 6 October 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "UN scandal: Billionaire Ng Lap-seng released with tight restrictions – Nikkei Asian Review". asia.nikkei.com. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Macau billionaire Ng Lap-seng bribery case: Second suspect pleads guilty in New York case". South China Morning Post. 21 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Diplomat pleads guilty in UN bribery scheme linked to Macau billionaire Ng Lap-seng". South China Morning Post. 17 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Inside Panama Papers: Multiple Clinton connections". mcclatchydc.
  7. ^ "Chinese Billionaire Developer Convicted in UN Bribery Case". Bloomberg. 28 July 2017.
  8. ^ "U.S. Jury Finds Macau Billionaire Guilty in U.N. Bribery Case". The New York Times. 27 July 2017.