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Cashier who stole gets life sentence

Update: April, 26/2014 - 09:05

HA NOI (VNS)— Former Bank for Investment and Development of Viet Nam (BIDV) cashier Ho Thi Thu Huong was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for embezzling more than VND31 billion (US$1.46 million).

The People's Supreme Court in the southern province of Binh Dinh also sentenced Vo Hong Son, Huong's brother-in-law, to 15 years in prison for being an accomplice.

The court was told Huong, 33, stole the money from the bank in 2010-2013 by capitalising on loose management at the bank's Phu Tai branch.

She is said to have removed the money from the bank by hiding it in a dustbin. Under the pretence of emptying it, she took the dustbin outside at the end of the day and kept the money. This enabled her to pocket more than 900 million ($42,600) every month.

Huong reportedly stole another VND9 billion ($460,000) using other tricks, including putting VND5.24 billion (over $248,000) in a bank account owned by her brother-in-law, Son.

Huong, an undergraduate from the province's An Nhon Town, was employed by the State-owned BIDV's local branch as cashier in 2004.

Prosecutors will indict other people allegedly involved in the embezzlement.

The court yesterday order Huong to return VND26.4 billion ($1.25 million). Those who accepted bribe money from Huong were ordered to return more than VND4.25 billion (nearly $200,000). — VNS

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