Ex-prosecutor faces charges in gov't document forgery case

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Can Tho Police are filing charges against a former prosecutor who allegedly forged government payment orders to con local businesses out of hundreds of millions of dong.

Tran Quang Thang, the city's chief investigator, told Tuoi Tre on Wednesday that city police have forwarded the results of their investigation to Ninh Kieu District Police. They asked to file charges against 33-year-old Tong Van Binh.

Investigators said Binh patronized internet shops in An Giang Province's Long Xuyen District in May 2011, searching for document forms issued by the prime minister.

He copied the forms and modified their contents to say that the prime minister had granted him VND178.5 billion. The sign and seal of the prime minister was later copied to the forged document.

He forged another document from the State Bank of Vietnam that gave him another amount of money. Investigators did not reveal what purpose the documents gave for granting him the money.

Binh showed the documents to local businesses and said he was in need of money to go to Hanoi to receive guests and bribe officials in order to obtain the granted money.

He also wore a police uniform, claiming to be a senior lieutenant colonel.


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He promised them loans at low interest rates if they deposited money with him. He managed to borrow VND380 million (US$18,230) from them with this ploy.

Binh used to work at the An Giang Province People's Prosecutors' Office before being promoted as a prosecutor based in Cho Moi District in the same province. Police said he was dismissed in September 2011 without elaborating.

He was arrested at a hotel in Cho Moi in January, after lenders were unable to get back their money and reported the case to local police.

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