Peng Zhimin, Chinese Hilton Hotel Exec, Gets Life in Prison For Organized Crime

Posted May 4th 2011 08:30 AMUpdated May 6th 2011 09:17 AM

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Chinese Hilton Hotel Exec Gets Life in Prison For Organized Crime

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A top shareholder of the Hilton hotel in Chongqing, China was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for his connections with organized crime.

Peng Zhimin was convicted of bribery, prostitution, intentional injury, assault and other charges relating to organized crime, Agence France Presse reports.

Peng headed the Qinglong Property Development Company, which owned the Chongqing Hilton Hotel in southwestern China.

Last year, the hotel was closed as authorities investigated an alleged prostitution ring being run out of the hotel.

Peng was arrested last July and his charges are connected to that investigation. Thirty-one others tied to Peng's ring were sentenced to various terms of several years to life in prison.

The Hilton Hotel Group was reportedly fully cooperating with authorities.

After the raid, the Hilton was forced to close for a week and was stripped of its fifth star. The incident also prompted China to speed up an overhaul of its hotel star rating system, reports USA TODAY.

Chongqing, a city of 30 million people, is known for being a haven for underworld criminals. A crackdown on organized crime has led to more than 3,300 detentions and hundreds of prosecutions.

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Don't China mostly shoot their ****** and pimps?

May 05 2011 at 6:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TM

IF CHINA CAN CLEAN UP ITS' GANG LAND, WHAT IS UP WITH THE USA?

May 04 2011 at 8:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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me

We have tons of dark minorities, they don't

May 05 2011 at 12:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RED ROVER

if china can clean up their gang land. whats up with mex.?

May 04 2011 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Howard and Shari

why worry about those pictures?,when3000 americans went up in smoke.

May 04 2011 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joe477joe477

Stripped of its fifth star? Awwwwwwwwwww.

May 04 2011 at 7:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
joe477joe477

stripped of its fifth star. awwww

May 04 2011 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
OwesmoBills

Oh phoey, thought this article said Paris Hilton sent to jail....grrrrrr

May 04 2011 at 6:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DAVID SHANNON

Does anyone else think the new Huffington Post AOL comment threads suck? I have a moderator on my back every time I criticize Obama.

May 04 2011 at 6:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Great Mighty One

Did this fellow work for Hilton Hotels Corp or was he an owner/developer of a Chinese Hilton flagged property? Hilton Hotels Corp is now owned by Blackstone as of a few years ago.

May 04 2011 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
junior

They could close every hotel in Las Vegas for the same thing. Prostitution.

May 04 2011 at 4:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Richard

Isn't prostitution legal in Nevada? If it is how could they be charged???

May 04 2011 at 6:31 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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wbnbr

Prostition is not legal in Clark County, NV

May 04 2011 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

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