On September 28th, 2013, Barron’s published a feature story on SVM’s corruption of the Luoyang Police, titled “The High Price of Digging Up Dirt in China.” The article was written by Bill Alpert and Leslie P. Norton, who together won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for their 2010 investigation of “reverse-merger” Chinese stocks.
The article introduces Michael Wei, a Chinese research analyst who the Luoyang Police forced to sign a false confession statement implicating Kun Huang, a Canadian research analyst detained in a Chinese jail for over a year. The Luoyang Police threatened that Michael must testify against Kun or else face a long imprisonment.
Rather than falsely testifying against Kun, Michael left China and offered his full cooperation to the RCMP as they continue to conduct a criminal investigation of the bribes paid by SVM’s management to the Luoyang Police.
The key evidence that Michael provided to the RCMP are video and audio recordings of his meetings with the Luoyang Police, in which he catches the police red-handed accepting bribes from SVM and discussing how they will “fabricate” charges against Kun.