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National Assembly deputy faces housing fraud charges

Update: January, 09/2015 - 09:26
The National Assembly Standing Committee (13th tenure) yesterday issued a resolution to suspend Chau Thi Thu Nga, a National Assembly deputy from Ha Noi, for alleged fraud over a housing project. — File Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — The National Assembly Standing Committee (13th tenure) yesterday issued a resolution to suspend Chau Thi Thu Nga, a National Assembly deputy from Ha Noi, for alleged fraud over a housing project.

Nga's company, Land and Housing Construction and Investment JSC (Housing Group), allegedly collected around VND300 billion (US$14 million) from prospective buyers since 2009. Although the project never started, Nga never returned the deposits.

Under Resolution No. 866/NQ-UBTVQH13, the Committee concurred with the Prosecutor General's request from December 31 to launch criminal proceedings against Nga over allegedly committing fraud to appropriate assets, in accordance with Article 139 of the Criminal Code.

On the same day, the police detained Nga and conducted a raid of her house in Bach Mai precinct, Hai Ba Trung district.

Nga could face charges of abusing public trust to appropriate property, the police said.

In 2012, the NA dismissed Dang Thi Hoang Yen for dishonesty in filing her resume as a candidate for the 13th National Assembly.

Only two other serving lawmakers in Viet Nam have been arrested. In 2005, Le Minh Hoang, former director of the HCM City Electricity Company, was charged with wrongdoings in the import of electronic electricity meters. He was sentenced to four years in prison in 2009. In 2006, Mac Kim Ton, director of the education department in the northern province of Thai Binh, was arrested for abuse of power. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2007. — VNS

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