A Ho Chi Minh City court Thursday handed the death penalty to a public treasury employee who embezzled more than VND44 billion (US$2.1 million) to bet on football games.
Tran Minh Long, 36, former chief accountant of the State Treasury's Nha Be District office, also got seven years for "gambling."
Long met Phung Manh Hung, a HCMC resident, in 2010 and started to bet with him on football games .
He also bet with Tran Thanh Phong, a former driver and security guard at his office, and Vu Ba Linh, a former accountant at the District 10 office.
After betting away everything he possessed, Long hit upon the idea of forging documents and signatures to embezzle money from the treasury.
Between March and July 2011 he made 10 fake payment orders to pocket more than $2.1 million and went on squander all of it on betting.
Authorities said they managed to recover more than VND8 billion ($382,300) of the embezzled sum.
At the trial, Hung and Phong received six years and three years imprisonment, respectively for "gambling."
Linh got a three-year suspended sentence for a similar charge.