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Corrupt official deemed 'frugal' by colleagues

By An Baijie ( Updated: 2014-05-22 15:22

An energy official who is being investigated by prosecutors on bribery allegations led a simple life, a news report said.

Wei Pengyuan, a deputy director of the coal department of the National Energy Administration, was deemed a "frugal" person by some of his colleagues — he rode a bike to work and never wore luxurious clothes, Beijing Times reported on Thursday.

However, according to a report by last week, Wei was found to have almost 100 million yuan ($16 million) of cash in his home.

Anti-corruption officers borrowed 16 currency-counting machines from a Beijing bank to tally the cash, but four malfunctioned due to the amount of cash to be counted, the report said.

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