Former Chinese Official Found with Millions in Cash and Gold

January 12, 2008 12:00 am Last Updated: January 12, 2008 12:00 am

According to a Mingpao News report, Yu Guohua, former deputy mayor of China's Northeast city of Jilin, is currently under arrest by the Communist Party Discipline Committee and is being investigated for corruption.

Provincial disciplinary committee officials confiscated over 20 million RMB (about US$ 2.8 million) in cash, about 20 kilograms of gold bars, and five hand guns in Yu's house.

Yu's name has already been removed from the Jilin City government website. Yu's last public appearance was on Sept. 17, 2007.

According to an inside source, Yu was placed under party discipline investigation last November for his involvement in an over 7 million Yuan (about US$964,000) bribery scandal. The case also exposed 10 other city bureau level officials.

One of the largest BBS websites,, has removed reports regarding Yu's being placed under investigation. Mainland media have not reported this as of now.

Born in December 1958, Yu is Manchurian. He took up the position of deputy mayor of Jilin City in 2004. He was a member of the city standing committee and deputy mayor in 2006. When he was the deputy mayor, he was mainly responsible for the municipal administration public utilities bureau, real estate bureau, city property common reserve fund administrative bureau, city development, and other duties.