China’s Henan, Anhui provinces to make more repayments to rural bank scandal victims

BEIJING (Reuters) -Financial authorities in China’s central Henan and eastern Anhui provinces on Friday announced a third round of repayments, starting Aug. 1, to clients of five rural banks whose funds were frozen in what authorities said was a complex scam.

Individuals with deposits of between 100,000 yuan ($14,787) and 150,000 yuan at four lenders in Henan will be repaid, the Henan branch of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission and the provincial financial bureau said in a joint statement.

Authorities in Anhui’s Bengbu city issued a similar statement, saying they will start repaying clients at a bank there from Aug 1.

The scandal has triggered widespread protests from outraged depositors since April and cast a harsh spotlight on the 4,000 small and medium-sized banks across the country.

(Reporting by Beijing newsroom; writing by Meg Shen; editing by David Goodman and Jason Neely)