Dorothy Solinger, a professor of political science at the University of California, Irvine, has noted that in addition to dishonest recipients, local officials have also been found to dip into funds themselves or siphon off dibao money for “favorites” within the community. Solinger points to one such case where a Wuhan welfare official was found to have falsely claimed 500,000 yuan ($70,420) in dibao payments and used them to boost his employees’ wages and revamp the office.

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