Three senior traffic inspectors in Can Tho City have been arrested for allegedly taking bribes worth nearly US$160,000 from local businesses to overlook overloaded trucks.
A Can Tho Police spokesperson said Ly Hoang Minh, Vo Hoang Anh and Doan Vu Duy have been arrested, together with a local man who helped them collect the money monthly.
Last Saturday Minh was caught receiving money from three different businesses.
His statements plus further evidence led to Anh and Duy.
Initial investigation found around 60 businesses and transport companies in Can Tho had to pay the bribes.
The trio collected the money every month from all businesses transporting goods by trucks. The total amount since 2014 has almost reached VND3.5 billion ($157,000), making this the biggest case of bribery ever linked to traffic officers in the Mekong Delta.
“Those refusing to pay up would put themselves in trouble,” Tran Thanh Chang, an investigator in the case told local media.
Some businesses said they did not bribe to overload their trucks, but it was the other way around -- they had to load more on the trucks to compensate for the extra "monthly fee."
The inspectors have admitted to their acts.