Date
22 September 2017
Nearly 100 million yuan in cash was found in the home NEA official Wei Pengyuan. Photo: Caixin
Nearly 100 million yuan in cash was found in the home NEA official Wei Pengyuan. Photo: Caixin

Cash counters crash on ‘loot’ in official’s home

What happens when a suspected corrupt official is caught red-handed with a hoard of cash at home?

Answer: investigators have a hard time making an inventory of the money and the cash counting machines conk out.

In fact, of the 16 cash crunchers brought in by investigators, four broke down while trying to sort out nearly 100 million yuan in cash found in the home of Wei Pengyuan, a senior official of China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) who is accused of graft, Caixin reported Thursday.

Wei has been arrested and faces numerous counts of corruption.

He is accused of abusing power in approving coal mine expansion projects, the report said, citing sources.  

Last year alone, his department approved a handful of these projects in Qinhai and Shanxi provinces, according to the government website.

Wei worked in the coal subsidiary of the National Development and Reform Commission and was subsequently promoted to deputy director of the coal division of NEA in 2008.

Hao Weiping, director of NEA’s nuclear division, has also been arrested for corruption, the report said.

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