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Gang of smugglers to be prosecuted

Update: August, 29/2017 - 18:00
The confiscated used machinery and equipment that was illegally imported from Japan into Việt Nam. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — HCM City Police have decided to prosecute two people for smuggling electronic devices of different kinds from Japan into Việt Nam.

The two accused persons are 40-year-old Trần Quốc Vượng from the city’s District 10 and 41-year-old Vũ Văn Dũng from Bình Thạnh District.

According to the police investigation, thanks to his relationship with a number of businessmen in Japan, Vượng, the ring leader, bought several pieces of used machinery and equipment which was manufactured before 2000. Vượng then authorised Dũng to use legal entities of many companies set up by Dũng to complete import procedures and deliver the equipment to Vượng’s warehouses.

Dũng also instructed staff under his leadership to forge dossiers for import declaration of machinery and equipment that were actually not the imported goods.

Using the same tactic, Vượng and Dũng succeeded in smuggling hundred containers of used machinery and equipment that are subject to be banned for import into Việt Nam for consumption.

While searching Dũng’s warehouses, police discovered and seized tonnes of used machinery and equipment smuggled from Japan. Other documents and items related to the crime were also seized by the police.

An investigation into the case is underway.

The case was uncovered recently when the city police launched a campaign against smuggling and trade fraud under the instruction of the Ministry of Public Security and HCM City’s Steering Committee on Combating Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Counterfeit Goods (Steering Committee 389). — VNS


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