Chi Ping Patrick Ho, Hong Kong’s former Home Affairs secretary and former chairman of a panel funded by a Chinese energy conglomerate, was convicted in 2018 of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and filed an appeal in March of this year, which was denied on Tuesday. Ho is linked to the Hunter Biden corruption scandals.
Three judges of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York on Tuesday upheld Ho’s bribery conviction, according to Fox News.
According to prosecutors, Ho was accused of offering bribes on behalf of CEFC China Energy, a major Chinese energy conglomerate, to Ugandan and Chadian officials for oil extraction rights.
Ho’s defense claims that the evidence is insufficient, yet the judges ruled that the evidence presented at the trial was “more than sufficient” to show that Ho acted on behalf of a U.S. nongovernmental organization to “help it obtain business for CEFC Energy.”
Ho was sentenced last year to 36 months in prison and fined $400,000.
Emails and text messages obtained and published by Fox News in October show that President-elect Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, tried to secure a business deal with CEFC.
In one of Hunter Biden’s many negotiations with companies linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), asked for $10 million from his Chinese partner, Ye Jianming.
Ye was the president of the CEFC Chinese Energy Co. electricity consortium, the fourth largest in China, which had partnered with Hunter Biden in the SinoHawk Holdings company, according to the 2017 message quoted by Fox News on Dec. 16.
Biden continued to communicate with Ye, and in one of the cross-post messages told him that he had “completed the establishment of SinoHawk Holdings,” Biden’s joint venture with CEFC, and that he looked forward “to introducing” his partner Tony Bobulinski, who would “act as the CEO.”
Tony Bobulinski is a former business partner of Hunter Biden, who stated information that confirms details about his controversial overseas business.
“I realized that the Chinese weren’t really focused on a financial (return on investment),” Bobulinski said.
“They were seeing this as a political investment or influence. Once I realized that Hunter wanted to use the company as his personal piggy bank by simply taking money out of it as soon as it came from the Chinese, I took steps to prevent that from happening,” Bobulinski said according to Fox News.
Reference to business with the CEFC company is also found in the thousands of emails that The New York Post revealed in mid-October about the corruption involving both Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Hunter Biden’s businesses, which have been considered at least suspicious, were initiated while Joe Biden was vice president and involve several family members.
According to a September report released by the Senate National Security Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, Jianming and other Chinese citizens, who had business dealings with Hunter Biden, were linked to the CCP and the People’s Liberation Army.