Cops arrested for bribery in southern Vietnam

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Two police officers in the Mekong Delta Province of Ben Tre have been arrested for allegedly accepting US$3,900 in bribes to help a woman bring foreign cars into the country without paying taxes.

Nguyen Quang Vinh, former deputy head of the Giao Long Commune police division, and Tran Minh Nhut, a former officer in the division, are accused of receiving the bribes from Tran Thi Hoang Phi between April and June this year. They have been removed from their posts but were both officers when they allegedly committed the crimes.

Phi, who hails from Ho Chi Minh City, was also arrested, Colonel Doan The Tan, chief of Ben Tre Police Department's office, said on Friday.

Initial police reports said that Vinh and Nhut were paid to enter the names of 37 Vietnamese who were living in foreign countries, including the US and Germany, into the residence books of 31 local families, including Nhut's.

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Phi would then import cars under those people's names without paying taxes, as current laws exempt overseas Vietnamese from import and VAT taxes when bringing cars for personal use into Vietnam.

However, none of the overseas Vietnamese were actually residents of the commune, police said.

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