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Two Eximbank staff arrested

Update: March, 27/2018 - 09:00

HÀ NỘI — Ministry of Public Security investigative police yesterday raided the Hồ Chí Minh City branch of the Vietnam Export Import Bank (Eximbank) and arrested two bank workers.

The arrests related to the case of Lê Nguyễn Hưng, former deputy director of Eximbank’s Ho Chi Minh City branch, who fled after being accused of stealing a bank customer’s savings.

Hồ Thị Thuỷ and Nguyễn Thị Thu, staff of the Eximbank Customer Service Unit, were charged by the police for helping Hưng withdraw VNĐ245 billion (over US$10 million) from the account of Chu Thị Bình, a seafood businesswoman and longtime VIP client of the bank.

Hưng paid various visits to Bình’s home to provide updates on her savings accounts. She even reportedly authorised Hưng to conduct certain transactions on her behalf.

Hưng took advantage of her trust in him to falsify documents to withdraw money from her savings accounts. Bình checked her bank accounts in early 2017 and found all the money gone from her accounts.

Earlier this month, Eximbank offered $650,000 advance compensation to her, but Bình declined and asked the bank to repay her the full amount. Eximbank did not agree, awaiting the conclusions of the court trial.

The Ministry of Public Security’s investigation police in February issued an international wanted notice for Hưng.—VNS

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