|Nguyễn Văn Hạ is at the court which sentences him to 30 years’ imprisonment for fraud. – Photo hanoimoi.com.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – The Hà Nội People’s Court yesterday sentenced a 60-year-old man to 30 years’ imprisonment for misappropriating properties and making fake seals of State organisations.
According to the indictment, Nguyễn Văn Hạ, who lives in the northern province of Nam Định, lied that he was a high-ranking official of the Government Office, had a close relationship with a number of competent state organisations and could obtain permission for large construction projects. Enterprises would get permits after giving Hạ some money to offer to leaders of the state organisations.
Believing Hạ, Đỗ Xuân Năm, director of the Hải Minh Trade and Construction Investment Joint-stock Company, called for 13 enterprises to sign contracts with Hạ.
Hạ made fake decisions of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning and Investment, the State Treasury and several project management boards and gave these to Năm.
From October 2010 to July 2013, Năm collected more than VNĐ13 billion (US$577,700) from the 13 enterprises and gave the money to Hạ so that he could get permission for the enterprises’ projects.
It was only when Hạ was arrested that Năm realised he had been cheated. – VNS