Property scam lands ex-MP in the dock

Update: September, 08/2016 - 11:00
Châu Thị Thu Nga. — VNA Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — A former National Assembly deputy will be prosecuted for defrauding the public in a VNĐ377 billion (US$16.9 million) property scam.

The recommendation to prosecute 51-year-old Châu Thị Thu Nga was made by the Ministry of Public Security on Tuesday after a month-long investigation.

It asked the Supreme People’s Procuracy of Việt Nam, the nation’s premier prosecuting agency, to initiate proceedings against Nga, former deputy in the 13th National Assembly and chairwoman of the Land and Housing Construction and Investment JSC.

Nga will be charged with “cheating for the purpose of appropriating property.”

The move to prosecute came after the ministry’s Police Bureau of Investigating Economic Management Order Offences (C46) wrapped up the first phase of a month-long additional investigation into the case.

The investigation found that Nga and her accomplices had posted false claims on her company’s website about obtaining a construction licence from the People’s Committee of Hà Nội in 2008. The licence was for a project to build apartment buildings CT5 and HH2 in the capital city’s Cầu Diễn area.

Her company website said that Nga’s group had been approved as an investor for the project.

Between 2009 and 2013, the company also showed unapproved drawings of the apartments and collected VNĐ377 billion (US$16.9 million) from home buyers.

The Ministry has proposed that the Supreme People’s Procuracy charges Nga under Article 139 of the Penal Code.

Nga was arrested on January 7, 2015. — VNS