China probes officials, repays more depositors in Henan bank scandal
BEIJING, July 29 (Reuters) - Authorities scrambling to contain the damage from a rural banking scandal in central China's Henan province said on Friday that more depositors will be repaid, while three regulators were put under investigation.
Deposits worth at least $1.5 billion at a handful of small lenders have been frozen since April in what authorities have said was a complex scam, and which sparked high-profile protests amid renewed concerns about the 4,000 small banks across China. read more
Authorities in Henan province announced a third round of repayments, starting Aug. 1, to clients of four rural banks with deposits of between 100,000 yuan ($14,787) and 150,000 yuan.
Authorities in Anhui province's Bengbu city issued a similar statement, saying they will start repaying clients at a bank there from the same date.
Separately, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) said in a statement that two officials, one from CBIRC's Henan provincial office and the other from CBIRC's Kaifeng sub-office, were under investigation due to unspecified suspected violations of the law.
Also on Friday, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection in Henan province said an official overseeing financial stability at the Chinese central bank's branch in provincial capital Zhengzhou was under investigation for suspected serious disciplinary violation.
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