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Kien Giang officials jailed for embezzlement

Update: October, 14/2015 - 18:19
Le Van Tuyen (in the brown shirt) and three other defendants at the hearing today. The People's Court of Kien Giang province has sentenced Tuyen, former head of Tan Hiep district's agriculture and rural development department, to 15 years imprisonment. — Photo congly.com.vn

KIEN GIANG (VNS) — The People's Court of the southern Kien Giang Province yesterday sentenced 50-year-old Le Van Tuyen, former head of Tan Hiep district's agriculture and rural development department, to 15 years imprisonment.

He was given four years in prison on charges of "abusing his position and power while on duty" and 11 years for "intentionally violating the State's provisions in economic management, causing serious consequences".

Three other defendants, who were former officers of the department, were sentenced 11 to 15 months in prison for "intentionally violating the State's provisions in economic management, causing serious consequences". They are Nguyen Van Cuong, 42, Ta Minh Chau, 48, and Nguyen Huu Thuc, 34.

In 2009, these four men caused a VND744 million (US$34,400) loss to the State budget by submitting fake documents to appropriate money for constructing two canals which they had not completed.

From 2010 to 2011, as guarantor of the Kien Giang development investment fund, Tuyen abused his power as director of technical consultation and agricultural service centre, to borrow over VND4.4 billion from Vietcombank's branch in Kien Giang province. He spent nearly VND1.7 billion ($75,600) to buy pesticides and rice without making a noting in the centre's financial report. The rest was used for personal purposes.

In 2012, he embezzled another VND4 billion ($178,000) from the Kien Giang development investment fund. He used this money to pay off the bank debt in 2010. The remaining was used for personal purposes.

At the hearing, Tuyen was also ordered to return VND4 billion to the fund. — VNS

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