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Ex-director of bank charged with stealing millions of dollars of customer’s savings

Update: November, 22/2018 - 19:00
A trial on the theft of a customer’s savings at Eximbank’s HCM City branch opened in HCM City People’s Court on Thursday. — VNS File Photo
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HCM CITY — The HCM City People’s Court on November 23 charged Lê Nguyễn Hưng, former deputy director of Eximbank’s HCM City branch, of “defrauding to misappropriate other people’s assets” at Eximbank’s HCM City branch.

Police are continuing their search for Hưng, who remains at large.

In all, Hưng appropriated VNĐ264 billion (over US$11.3 million), according to the court.

Between January 2012 and March 2017, Hưng (born in 1971) forged the signature of a customer’s bank account and set up a forged account under the name Nguyễn Thị Hồng Lê.

Chu Thị Bình, the customer at the bank whose savings were stolen, was present at the People’s Court as a person with legal rights and responsibility.

Hưng forged a procuring order on Bình’s account, the court said. Bình had previously allowed Nguyễn Thị Hồng Lê and Nguyễn Đăng Phong to withdraw money from 11 saving books belonging to Bình, a savings book of Phùng Thị Phẩm, and one of Lê Thị Minh Quí.

All of the savings were in accounts at the Eximbank’s HCM City branch.

Hưng carried out his transactions with Eximbank’s HCM City Customer Service Department whose staff were charged by the court with irresponsibility. The staff included Cao Lan Phương, Nguyễn Thị Thi, Hồ Ngọc Thuỷ, Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Trâm and Trấn Nguyễn Xuân Lan. 

After negotiations with Bình, Eximbank’s HCM City branch paid customer Chu Thị Bình VNĐ245 billion which had been stolen from her saving books. — VNS

 

 

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