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Lu Minjie, Audi’s China PR director faces corruption probe

Lu Minjie, Audi's China PR director faces corruption probe

Lu Minjie, public relations director of the Audi brand in China, is under investigation by the central Chinese government’s anti-corruption task force, according to Chinese media.

Lu is an employee of FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co.’s sales company, which sells locally produced and imported Volkswagen and Audi cars in China. FAW-VW is a joint venture between Volkswagen Group and FAW Group Corp., which controls 60 percent.

Lu is the sixth Chinese executive at FAW-VW’s sales company since 2012 who has undergone a probe for corruption, reported China Business News, a Shanghai-based daily newspaper.

The executives allegedly took bribes from dealers and external service providers such as advertising and public relations companies.

Earlier this month, FAW-VW terminated contracts with 19 advertising, public relations and exhibition companies, according to the newspaper.

One of the public relations firms that lost a contract is Hightran Media and Advertising Co., a Beijing-based firm. The newspaper didn’t identify the other 18 companies.

To curb rampant corruption at government agencies and major state-owned companies, the Chinese government has launched a series of investigations over the past year.

To date, dozens of senior government officials and state-owned company executives have been arrested on corruption charges.

The FAW Group is the first state-owned automaker that has been probed as part of the government’s anti-corruption campaign.