|The Ha Noi People's Court opens the first hearing for Le Quoc Quan (R) and Pham Thi Phuong (L) yesterday. They were arrested on charges of tax fraud last December. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan
HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi People's Court sentenced Le Quoc Quan to 30 months in prison for tax evasion pursuant to Clause 3, Article 161 of the Criminal Code at a trial yesterday.
According to the indictment, Quan, 42, born in the central province of Nghe An, set up the Vietnam Solution Co Ltd in April 2001 with its headquarters in Cau Giay District, Ha Noi .
Under its business registration, the company operated in a range of activities including investment consul-tancy, labour and vocational training services, electrical engineering, consultancy and technology transfer in agricultural and rural development. The company has changed its business registration certificate 13 times, with the last focusing on market research information.
During the operation of the company, Quan instructed his accountant Pham Thi Phuong to make fake contracts and buy bogus added-value tax invoices in order to evade corporate income tax.
In 2010 and 2011, his company struck fake consultation deals worth VND1.75 billion (US$80,000) with nine experts. The tax deductions meant that the company reportedly dodged tax payment of over VND645 million ($30,900).
The experts who were ‘hired' have each admitted to signing the fake contracts for a VND1-3 million ($40 – 140) payment each.
At the same trial, Quan's accountant Phuong, 31, was jailed for eight months also for tax evasion.
The court ordered the Vietnam Solution company to pay back the amount of tax it had evaded in 2010 and 2011, as well as a fine of two times the amount of tax advantage. — VNS