China Punishes 8 People in Railway Scandal

FILE - CRH380 (China Railway High-speed) Harmony bullet trains are seen at a high-speed train maintenance base in Wuhan, Hubei province, early December 25, 2012.
China's anti-graft authorities have punished eight people in a scandal involving spending at a railway construction company.

Officials did not detail on Monday what punishment the eight received, but did note that 57 other people have been criticized and one other is up for prosecution.

The China Railway Construction Corporation admitted earlier this year that it spent $135 million on receptions for guests in 2012, sparking public outrage.

Investigators also found problems with invoices and accounting.

A Beijing court gave former railways minister Liu Zhijun a suspended death sentence with a two-year reprieve in July for his role in corruption.

In China, a suspended death sentence is usually commuted to life in prison.