30 fake nurses face dismissal in central Vietnam

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The Phuoc Hiep Secondary School in Binh Dinh Province where Trinh Thi Ngoc Hau worked using a fake nursing school certificate. Photo credit: Phuoc Hiep Secondary School The Phuoc Hiep Secondary School in Binh Dinh Province where Trinh Thi Ngoc Hau worked using a fake nursing school certificate. Photo credit: Phuoc Hiep Secondary School

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At least 30 medical workers face dismissal after police busted a major ring supplying them with fake training certificates in the central province of Binh Dinh.
“We have asked relevant agencies to dismiss these people who mostly work for commune-level medical clinics and schools,” Phap Luat Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh quoted Le Van Minh of the Binh Dinh's prosecutors’ office as saying.
On Monday, the Tuy Phuoc District Medical Center dismissed three medical workers, the paper reported Monday.
The use of forged certificate by these medical workers came to light after police launched a probe into a forgery ring selling official seals and diplomas.
Minh said his agency prosecuted Pham Thi Xuan Mai and Trinh Thi Ngoc Hau, both employees of a medical school for “forging seals and/or documents of agencies and/or organizations,” a crime that carries a jail term of 2-5 years.
According to the indictment, Mai and Hau bought two fake high school diplomas for VND5.5 million (US$260) each from a ring in Ho Chi Minh City in 2006 for personal use.
The duo then bought six nursing school certificates (for themselves and four others) for VND60 million in total in 2008 to enroll in schools.
After successfully buying and using the fake certificates without being detected, Mai and Hau decided to start selling them in Binh Dinh Province.
Investigators found the duo bought a total of 32 forged certificates between 2006-2010, including 27 fake nursing certificates issued by the HCMC University of Medicine and Pharmacy and three high school diplomas.
They spent a total of VND330 million on the documents. All told, Mai earned nearly VND18 million and Hau VND20 million for reselling the certificates.
Police identified several other accomplices but only recommended administrative fines for them.
Meanwhile, Binh Dinh police say they will investigate the HCMC suspects who created the fake certificates in a separate case.

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