An senior official at the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long has been suspended from his post for allegedly receiving kickbacks to help a private company win contracts, newswire VnExpress reported.
Nguyen To Tranh, Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, is being investigated after his subordinate Bui Huu Tri confessed to police he shared part of the bribes he received from a company executive with Tranh.
On July 12, Tri, an official in charge of construction at the department, was arrested after police found he received bribes from Pham Tien Ngo, director of Thanh Tien Company in Vinh Long's Binh Minh District, to help the company win six contracts for the construction and restoration of local monuments.
Ngo told police he gave bribes worth 10 percent of the contracts' total value to Tri. In order to secure a VND20 billion (US$958,300) contract to build a memorial area for late Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet, he gave Tri more than VND1.5 billion.
Ngo was arrested on charges of "giving bribes." Tran Le Dong, chief accountant of the department, was also arrested for his involvement in the case.
Tri and Dong told police that Tranh signed all the papers for the construction contracts. Tri said he shared part of the bribes with Tranh, but did not reveal how much.