The Chinese official arrested in Vietnam last week for escaping criminal investigation in his country tried to bribe Vietnamese police officers in exchange for his freedom, local media reported.
Yin Wen Sheng, a suspect in a US$2.9 million graft case in his home country, however failed to convince the officers in Khanh Hoa Province to let him go.
A source said Sheng had offered to pay a total of VND12 billion ($550,500) to 12 officers guarding him if they helped him escape by sea.
The 47-year-old told them that he was very rich and that he had a house worth millions of dollars in Australia.
After the officers warned him to stop offering bribes, he asked them to name their prices, the source said, as cited by news website VnExpress.
The police did not take his offer and they transferred him to Chinese authorities in Hanoi.
Sheng, the director of a state-owned electricity department in Guangdong, and his accomplices allegedly took bribes totaling 18 million yuan to sign construction contracts.
Chinese authorities put out a warrant in March after he left the country.
Vietnamese police were informed of his presence in early June.
They finally arrested him on June 18.
Sheng told local police he had laid low in Australia and Thailand for a while. In Vietnam, he traveled back and forth between Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang regularly to avoid detection. That scheme did not help him.