BEIJING (dpa) – Chinese authorities have found 200 million yuan (33 million dollars) in the home of an energy official, news reports said Saturday.
It is the country’s largest-ever cash seizure, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate Anti-Corruption Bureau said Friday online.
The money was unearthed at the home of coal bureau deputy chief Wei Pengyuan in a probe first revealed in May. If denominated in 100-yuan notes, it would pile 200 metres high and weigh more than three tonnes, Huashang Bao reported, quoted the bureau’s chief Xu Jinhui.
“There are some hidden rules among these people that do things after receiving money,” Xu was quoted as saying by the Guangzhou-based New Express on Saturday. “They don’t even need to speak about it. They accept bribery together in a chain over the long term.”
Four of the 16 cash-counting machines brought in to tally the notes broke down under the task, financial news publication Caixin reported on Friday.
Wei is one of 11 National Energy Administration employees under investigation for alleged corruption, reports said Saturday. Six may have each received more than tens of millions of yuan in bribes, Huashang Bao said.