Anti-graft investigators in Shanxi province have uncovered a bizarre case in which a cadre found guilty of taking bribes was later almost appointed the chief graft buster of his county Government. Originally head of a township in Fenxi county in the coal-producing province, Meng Yongming is now being investigated over how he managed to be chosen to head the county's anti-corruption bureau. From previous records, provincial investigators discovered Meng had accepted more than 80,000 yuan (HK$74,280) in bribes and concealed another two million yuan of sales revenue when he was in charge of the township's coal industry. Meng was found guilty of accepting the bribes and other related offences but escaped punishment after it was decided to waive criminal charges. He then set himself a higher goal - to become either head of the county government office or to become the anti-corruption bureau chief. He allegedly offered the county Communist Party Secretary Zheng Zesheng and county chief Liu Wenxian 10,000 yuan and 5,000 yuan for their support. According to the semi-official Hong Kong China News Agency, Zheng and Liu nominated Meng as anti-corruption boss at a standing committee meeting of the local Communist Party. The pair had even put pressure on the county's procuratorate when it expressed concern over Meng's nomination. After the procuratorate refused to budge, Zheng and Liu persuaded the standing committee to make Meng the head of the county's planning commission. The news agency said investigators were looking into the case but did not say if Meng and the others would face prosecution.