The United States government has blacklisted Wan Kuok-koi, a notorious gangster and Chinese crime boss known as “Broken Tooth.”
Wan is the boss of the 14K Triad, which the US Treasury described as
“one of the largest Chinese organized criminal organizations in the world,” engaging in “drug trafficking, illegal gambling, racketeering, human trafficking, and a range of other criminal activities.”
Upon his release in 2012, Wan, who had always maintained his innocence, sought to reinvent himself — at least publicly — as a legitimate businessman, reportedly backing ventures in Cambodia and Palau.
According to the US Treasury, he also gained membership of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), an advisory body to the ruling Communist Party.
The sanctions against Wan are part of a wider effort against worldwide corruption, as part of International Anti-Corruption Day.
On Wednesday, the US also designated a Liberian lawmaker and one Kyrgyz individual under Executive Order 13818, which targets corruption and serious human rights abuse.
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