One of the most senior officers in the People’s Liberation Army had so much illegal cash in his basement that it took a week to count it, and 15 trucks to take it all away along with piles of jade, emeralds, and ancient paintings.
Xu Caihou, now 70, retired from being Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission last year. He was recently convicted for taking “massive” bribes in exchange for promotions.
Investigators discovered stacked boxes of cash in his luxury Beijing house with the name of each soldier who bribed him. Many were unopened.
The investigation began in March, but details of the haul were only revealed on Nov. 20 by Hong Kong media Phoenix Weekly.
Xu reportedly gave some of the bounty to his personal driver, who acted as a go-between for carrying the bribes, and his maid, who apparently used some of it to build a house.
He also owns many properties around China, with at least four in Shanghai registered in the name of his 3-year-old grandson.
Xu is the highest-ranking military officer caught so far in the anti-graft campaign launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping. However, his stockpile isn’t the largest one. A corrupt energy official was found to have over one million notes in bribes earlier this year.
Wei Pengyuan, former head of the coal bureau at China’s National Energy Administration, was busted with over 200 million yuan ($32.7 million) hidden in his house. Investigators had to use 16 counting machines to measure the hoard, and four of them burned out.