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Nghe police probe fake medical certificate scam

Update: July, 10/2015 - 18:53
Police found 70kg of papers in the home of the accused, Dang Hong Tu, in a high-profile case of fake medical certificates for war invalids. — Photo vtv.vn

NGHE AN (VNS) — The central Nghe Province An on Thursday began investigating a case in which a man has been accused of taking bribes from war invalids in return for fake medical documents.

The fake documents were meant to help the invalids receive larger state allowances.

Nguyen Xuan Thiem, director of Nghe An Police's department of crimes related to economic affairs and position-holders, told the online Vietnamplus that the high-profile case was the largest-ever of its kind to be uncovered in the province.

The accused, Dang Hong Tu, born in 1952, is a resident of the province's Vinh City.

Tu was charged with "falsifying and abusing certificates and documents of agencies and organisations," a decision (coded 11/PC46) signed by the Nghe An Police said.

On July 2, the police searched his house and found 70kg of documents, including logbooks recording the money he had taken from war invalids (war veterans returning home with disabilities or poor health), who had asked him to make fake medical certificates, allowing them to enjoy state allowances.

After scrutinising the papers, the police determined that the stamp seals and signatures on them were fake.

It is alleged that the accused managed to claim VND800 million (US$37,000) in state allowances for war invalids.

The police said about 70 people asked the accused to prepare fake certificates, including some of his own relatives, and that Tu allegedly received about VND600 million ($27,500) from them. — VNS

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