A former senior railway official in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region was handed a suspended death sentence at the end of last month for taking 130 million yuan (US$21.49 million) in bribes over a two-year period, Shanghai Daily reported Friday. The sentence on Ma Junfei, former deputy head of the railways bureau in Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, came after Investigators found about US$20 million in cash in five different currencies and 43.4 kilograms of gold at his two houses, one in Hohhot and one in Beijing, the report said. Ma took the post in August 2009. In 22 months before he was placed under investigation, he took 269 bribes, meaning he averaged a bribe every two days or nearly 10,000 yuan every hour, China Business News is said to have reported.
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