Local officials use fake high school degrees in central Vietnam

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Two local government officials in central Vietnam were found to have used fake high school degrees to keep their positions.

 

Officials from the People's Committee of Tu Nghia District, Quang Ngai, on October 26 said they are discussing a punishment for Luong Phuoc Hong, secretary of the Party unit of Nghia My Commune, and Nguyen Minh Tan, the commune chairman, according to the news website VietNamNet.

 

Hong and Tan had borrowed others' high school degrees and changed the names on the paperwork to get re-elected for another term from 2011-2016, local authorities said.

 

Many government officials at commune level similarly have been found using fake degrees.

 

In July, the secretary of a commune Party unit in Thua Thien-Hue Province in the region was dismissed after his high school degree was found to be fake.

 

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A district chairman in Da Nang received the same punishment in August.

 

Vietnam's Penal Code rules that people who use fake papers to cheat an organization or people will be fined between VND5 million to 50 million (US$2,400), or sentenced to six months to three years in jail.

 

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