9 Vietnam officials charged for drug purchase fraud

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Prosecutors in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai have filed charges against nine former health officials for alleged fraud related to drug purchases for public health centers, leading to losses of some VND8.5 billion (US$400,000) for the government.

A report on Dan Tri Monday said eight people, including two former deputy directors of the province Department of Health, Nguyen Cong Nhan and Dang Duc Chau, were prosecuted for "deliberately violating state regulations leading to serious consequences."

Phung Xuan Quynh, former director of the department, was charged with "lacking responsibility resulting in serious consequences" for failing to prevent it.

Police said that between 2008 and 2010 the officials subverted the bidding process by ignoring lower bids and choosing higher ones.

They also wrongly certified origins of drugs and labeled locally-made products as imported to benefit successful bidders.

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