Ca Mau officials detained in embezzlement probe

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Vietnamese police on Wednesday arrested the deputy director of Ca Mau's Agriculture and Rural Development Department for embezzlement.

According to the Ministry of Public Security's Anti-Corruption Department, Nguyen Thong Nhan and four of his subordinates misappropriated over VND2 billion (US$ 102,616) while he was in charge of a project to enhance the southern province's aquaculture capacity between 2006-2008. The project was aided by Denmark.

Nhan pocketed VND55 million, while Nguyen Trung Chanh, deputy chief of Ca Mau Fisheries Promotion center, got over VND120 million.

Chanh was also taken into custody, while others were let free for the moment, police said.

Nhan, who was dismissed from the province's Party Unit in October, was also accused of wrongly spending over VND1.9 billion ($97,485) together with the officials.

It is estimated the ring has inflicted the project's budget with a loss of nearly VND4.2 billion, according to the department.

Further investigation is underway into the case.

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