Date
26 September 2017
More than 100 million yuan in cash was said to have been found at the home of  Wei Pengyuan, center, in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua
More than 100 million yuan in cash was said to have been found at the home of Wei Pengyuan, center, in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua

NEA official arrested for soliciting prostitute a decade ago

Wei Pengyuan, a high-ranking energy official under investigation by anti-graft authorities, has been arrested for soliciting the services of a prostitute more than a decade ago, China Energy News reported Friday.

Wei, a deputy director at the National Energy Administration, was arrested for calling a prostitute in 2000, four years after he joined the State Planning Commission, the report said, citing a source from the coal industry.

Wei was able to remain a Communist Party member until 2009, and performed leading roles in various departments, although his official title was deputy head, the report said.

He was promoted to his current position in 2008 when the NEA was established and placed under the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country’s top economic planner. He has been in charge of approving coal mine construction and renovation projects. He previously worked as head of the NDRC coal department.

“The cadre promotion system is problematic as officials involved in such scandals are still promoted,” the source was quoted as saying.

More than 100 million yuan in cash was found at his home in Beijing, earlier media reports said. Because of huge amount of cash, four of the 16 bill counting machines brought in by investigators broke down, the reports said.

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