Police investigators have proposed charges of "abusing power to appropriate property" against 12 people, including six doctors in southern Vietnam, for causing losses of VND4.1 billion to the state exchequer.
The statement was announced after police wrapped up extensive investigations into the case uncovered last year. The new charge differs from the "abuse of power" proposed by investigators last month.
Inspectors said Luu To Lan, a doctor at Ho Chi Minh City-based Cho Ray Hospital, and her accomplices had faked 1,200 prescriptions for health insurance policy holders between 2008 and last May to obtain drugs which they later sold to local pharmacies.
For this purpose, they had operated a network to illegally collect health insurance cards of workers in and around HCMC who are insured by the government insurance agency.
They sold the drugs at two-thirds of the market price to appropriate about VND2.65 billion, of which Lan pocketed more than VND1.1 billion, the police said.