Police in the central province of Quang Ngai Monday said they have arrested four State Audit officials for allegedly taking bribes.
Nguyen Van Quyen, Nguyen Quang Dang, Nguyen Quang Thanh, and Ngo Hong Minh, were caught red-handed accepting VND290 million (US$15,187) from contractors working on the Di Lang Tra Trung Street project Saturday, police said.
Initial information showed that the officials asked the contractors to pay them VND500 million ($26,184) to ignore mistakes discovered in their audit of the government bond-funded project.
Police say the contractors and investors felt that the findings of the audit were unreasonable.
The four Hanoi officials tasked with auditing projects in Quang Ngai were also accused of hitting up investors and contractors from other projects for money, prompting some victims to contact police.
During their raid of the four officials' rooms at the Hung Vuong Hotel, police say they confiscated over VND600 million ($31,421) in cash.
A leader from Vietnam's State Audit Office said the officials will be suspended, and the findings of their audits of related projects will be deemed void.
Police say their investigation is still underway.