Police have issued an arrest warrant against Trương Hải Ân, former deputy director of Bình Định Province's Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs. — VNA/VNS Photo
BÌNH ĐỊNH — The Investigation Police Agency in central Bình Định Province has issued an arrest warrant for Trương Hải Ân, a former official of the province, on charges of abuse of trust and property appropriation.
Major General Nguyễn Bá Nhiên, director of the provincial Police Department, said Ân, 46, residing in Quy Nhơn City’s Nhơn Phú Ward, had been deputy director of the provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs since early October 2017.
Ân had faced legal proceedings for abuse of trust and property appropriation under the Penal Code in March.
Initial investigation showed that Ân managed to mobilise a large amount of money from local people, claiming he would spend the money for real estate investment projects in Quy Nhơn City and would pay back the money interest.
However, he didn’t return the money as promised.
Ân and his family were nowhere to be found since last June.
In November 2018, Ân suddenly asked for two-month leave for medical treatment at HCM City’s Thống Nhất Hospital.
On suspicions over the absence, the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs verified the incident with the hospital and found that Ân only went for a health check-up on November 28 but didn’t stay for treatment.
In March 2019, he tendered his resignation, but it was refused. He asked to have one-month absence from work the following month.
In May 2019, he sent his letter of resignation to the provincial People’s Committee and didn’t show up at the office without the committee’s approval.
During this period of time, the department had received many petitions on Ân’s fraudulent behaviour, which was estimated to reach tens of billions of đồng.
In September 2019, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Hồ Quốc Dũng signed a disciplinary decision to dismiss Ân for his violations. — VNS