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Head of child centre faces embezzlement charge

Update: December, 27/2013 - 15:26
Ha Giang Disabled Children Relief Centre.— Photo vov

HA NOI (VNS)— The Ha Giang Police Department yesterday filed a criminal case of embezzlement of property and money meant for aiding children at the provincial Disabled Children Relief Centre.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently asked the province to investigate and take strict action against any violation of the law after receiving a report of the case from the province's People's Committee chairman.

Earlier, the authorities had discovered that the centre's director Pham Ngoc Thanh and his two staff members had embezzled nearly VND182 million (US$8,600) of funds meant for buying medical facilities and had appropriated the traffic and meal allowances meant for children during examinations and screening processes during 2012-13.

However, the police and the People's procuracy did not file criminal charges in the case and sent it to the province's Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs department as a case of administrative violations. That decision caused discontent among the province's people. – VNS

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