Trương Văn Tuyến (L), former General Director of Vinashin, and Phạm Thanh Sơn, former Deputy General of Vinashin. — Photo Vietnamplus
HÀ NỘI — Four former leaders of State-run Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group (Vinashin), now the Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (SBIC), have been charged with “abusing position and power to appropriate assets”.
This is part of the second phase of a case involving violations by former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ocean Commercial Joint Stock Bank (OceanBank) Hà Văn Thắm and his accomplices.
The accused include former Chairman of the Members’ Council of Vinashin Nguyễn Ngọc Sự, former General Director Trương Văn Tuyến, former Deputy General Director Phạm Thanh Sơn and former Chief Accountant Trần Đức Chính.
According to the Supreme People’s Court’s indictment, they together agreed to make fixed-term deposits at OceanBank to gain extra interest that was not stated in deposit contracts.
Investigators have found that from 2010 to June 2014, Vinashin made more than 2,300 fixed-term deposit contracts involving nearly VNĐ104 trillion (US$4.3 billion) and some $181 million with OceanBank.
From March 2011 to August 2014, Chính received more than VNĐ105 billion in extra interest from OceanBank. As agreed by the four, Chính was assigned to receive and manage the extra interest to use for the firm’s activities and divide the money among them.
The procuracy said Sự initiated the scheme, signed 12 deposit contracts and gained VNĐ8 billion himself. Authorised by Tuyến, Chính also signed many deposit contracts at OceanBank.
The four appropriated a total of VNĐ10 billion for themselves, according to the procuracy. — VNS