On July 29, Shiwei Yan was sentenced to 20 months in prison for paying bribes to John W. Ashe, the late former Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations and 68th President of the U.N. General Assembly.  Yan was the co-founder of the Global Sustainability foundation and, along with co-defendant Heidi Hong Piao, paid the bribes to Ashe in exchange for official actions by Ashe that benefited several Chinese businessmen.  Piao also pled guilty for her participation in the scheme but has not yet been sentenced.  United States v. Ashe, 15-cr-706 (S.D.N.Y.). DOJ Press Release

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