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Britain agrees to return $44M to Macau seized from official in corruption case

HONG KONG – Britain has agreed to return 28.7 million pounds ($44.3 million) to Macau that was confiscated from a government official convicted in the Chinese enclave’s biggest corruption case.

According to a Macau government statement released Tuesday, British and Macau officials signed an agreement to repatriate the money seized in the Ao Man Long case.

Ao was a transport and public works secretary who was found guilty in three trials of taking bribes and money laundering: in 2008, 2009 and 2012.

He is the highest ranking official to ever be convicted of graft in the former Portuguese colony.

Anti-graft officials said at the time they found Ao had $100 million in assets, or 57 times more than what he and his family could have earned during his time in office.