Fugitive becomes inspector in southern Vietnam

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A man wanted by police for illegally sending people abroad 13 years ago was found to have risen to a senior position in the Binh Phuoc administration.

Vo Van Sinh, 44, deputy chief of the southern province's Department of Planning and Investment's Inspectorate, was arrested on June 16 by Ministry of Public Security police.

According to police, Sinh, hailing from the central province of Quang Ngai, graduated from Ho Chi Minh City Economics University in 1991.

He then worked for some private companies in HCMC. During this time he befriended an officer in the Vietnam Immigration Department.

Sinh connived with the officer to forge documents and send people to work abroad.

On May 31, 1997, police started investigating the case. However, Sinh was not arrested.

He applied for a job at the Department of Planning and Investment of Binh Phuoc Province and was recruited.

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In 1999, police issued a warrant of arrest against Sinh.

Strangely, they were totally ignorant of the fact that Sinh was still in Vietnam and was working at a state office.

In 2002, Sinh attained Party membership.

Two years later, he was appointed to the post of deputy chief inspector as mentioned above.

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