Bank worker allegedly steals over $170,000 from ATMs in Vietnam

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Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested a Techombank employee of for allegedly stealing over VND3.6 billion (US$170,350) from the bank's ATMs in Ho Chi Minh City, VnExpress reported Friday.

Ly Chi Nguyen, 32, was arrested on Thursday after a bank inspection on March 11 found that five ATMs under his management had lost VND900 million ($42,587).

Initial information from police was that Nguyen was in charge of checking money left in the ATMs every day and collecting new money for the machines.

After receiving money, he and other employees would count and arrange the bills into trays that would be placed into ATMs later.

Police said the trays would be sealed and locked before other employees left to do their jobs, while Nguyen, who kept the keys, would stay and wait to be picked up and driven to ATMs to place the trays there.

While waiting for the car, the man opened the trays and stole thousands of VND500,000-notes, according to police, adding that he then would hide the money somewhere and abscond with the funds at the end of the day.

The online newspaper quoted Nguyen as telling police that he started stealing money in December last year and had stolen VND900 million as of the time he was busted.

However, Le Thi Bich Phuong, a sales manager with Techcombank, claimed that her company had lost over VND3.6 billion, according to the report.

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