Heads of center for mental patients face embezzlement charges

By Khanh Hoan, Thanh Nien News

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A combination of photos from a donor's FB shows mental health patients at the Social Support Center in Nghe An Province have not been supplied with sufficient food and clothes. A combination of photos from a donor's FB shows mental health patients at the Social Support Center in Nghe An Province have not been supplied with sufficient food and clothes.

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Police investigation has been launched into allegations that the Social Support Center in Nghe An Province embezzled funds and mistreated mental patients, according to the provincial Department of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs.
The Department has requested for criminal investigation after its own inspection found many wrongdoings at the center, including huge amount of money has been embezzled.
The center’s director Nguyen Xuan Phu and his deputy Nguyen Thi Thu Phuong have been suspended following the inspection.
According to inspectors, Phuong has directly involved in wrongdoings since 2011 as she was responsible for managing funds and relevant expenses at the center.
Inspectors found the center issued documents on purchases that they have never made to appropriate more than VND538 million (US$24,290) from 2013-2014.
The center did not list daily menus and did not assign an employee to supervise supplied foods as required.
Inspectors also found Phuong siphoned off nearly VND219 million from money meant to buy foods for the patients since 2011.
Inspectors said Phu has had lax management, did not operate the center under relevant regulations and made unsuitable appointments.
The center did not record many supports from donors, they said.
Earlier in 2013, a similar inspection was made by no wrongdoings were exposed at the center.
The latest inspection was made after one of the regular donors to the center, Dam Thi Lan Anh, criticized the managers for a lack of proper care and attention.
Anh, who has been donating since 2002, said that in her recent visits to the center she found many patients here lived in dirty conditions and were not given enough food and clothes.
Many people died because of the mistreatment, she claimed.

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