On March 2, 2014, Xinhua reprinted an article that Beijing News had published on the same day regarding corrupt officials who had fled from China from 1992 to 2012. According to the article, the highest level official who had fled was Gao Yan, who was the Chinese Communist Party Secretary of Yunnan Province. The cases involving those who fled were in areas that were economic-related government departments, state-owned enterprises (mainly in transportation, energy, tobacco and public security) and financial institutions. The final destinations for those officials who fled were developed countries, especially the United States, Canada, Australia, and EU member countries. Most of them fled to the United States. They made detailed arrangements before they escaped from China. Some of them were already “naked officials” before they left; that is, their spouses, lovers, children and even relatives had already emigrated overseas.
Source: Beijing News and Xinhua, March 2, 2014