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Fugitive Billionaire Guo Wengui Accused of Rape: AP

By Han Wei
Fugitive businessman Guo Wengui is facing a series of criminal allegations including bribery, kidnapping, fraud and money laundering.
Fugitive businessman Guo Wengui is facing a series of criminal allegations including bribery, kidnapping, fraud and money laundering.

The Chinese police have launched an investigation against Guo Wengui after a former woman employee alleged he repeatedly raped her, adding a new element into the sprawling cases against the fugitive real-estate tycoon, according to the Associated Press.

Chinese police are requesting a second Interpol arrest notice for 50-year-old Guo, also known as Miles Kwok, for the rape claims by a 28-year-old former personal assistant, AP reported, citing two Chinese officials with direct knowledge of the investigation.

Guo and his representatives did not respond to repeated requests for comment, the AP said.

The latest investigation followed 19 major criminal cases initiated by Chinese prosecutors against Guo with allegations including bribery, kidnapping, fraud and money laundering, the AP said.

Police in central China opened the rape investigation on July 5 after the former Guo employee told police she was plucked from her human resources position at Guo’s real estate company in Hong Kong in 2015 and sent overseas to become his personal assistant. Over the next two years, she alleges she was raped several times in New York, London and the Bahamas by Guo. She alleged Guo demanded sex from female employees as a test of their loyalty.

At times, she alleged she was in virtual detention after Guo’s staff confiscated her smartphone, computer, passport and keys and forbade her from leaving her room in his luxury apartment in the high-end London neighborhood of Belgravia, the AP reported citing police documents.

The woman told AP she fled Guo’s apartment to the Chinese Embassy in London in April to apply for a new passport before returning to China.

The Chinese government is seeking Guo for alleged bribery and other wrongdoing and asked Interpol to issue a "red notice" seeking the arrest of him in April. He fled China in 2014 amid corruption investigations into his associates, including Ma Jian, a former vice minister of state security.

Guo is now believed to be living in the U.S., where he is also being sued by creditors, among others. Caixin investigations have found that Guo has continued to move capital among dozens of shell companies registered in Hong Kong, the U.S., Canada and the British Virgin Islands to hunt for profits in the Chinese market. Several of Guo’s employees have been sentenced in China for loan fraud since June.

Although the United States does not have an extradition agreement with China, Beijing hopes that a mounting body of alleged wrongdoing against Guo could sway the U.S. government against extending the businessman’s visa, which is believed to expire in October, the AP report said, citing unnamed Chinese officials.

In early August, one ex-business partner and four former employees of Guo stood trial in Dalian, Shandong province, for alleged embezzlement of $60 million. The defendants told the court that Guo was the mastermind behind a scheme to siphon money from a company to pay off Guo’s debts and buy personal luxuries.

Editor’s note: A Caixin report in 2015 revealed how Guo and Ma Jian, a former vice minister of state security, formed a close alliance, using national security power to meddle in business deals. In response to Guo’s subsequent attacks on Caixin, Caixin filed lawsuits against Guo and his companies, accusing him of fabricating and disseminating false information.

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