Military officer linked to massive theft of jet fuel in northern Vietnam

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A photo taken in front of 165 Company in Hung Yen Province. Photo credit: Vietnamnet A photo taken in front of 165 Company in Hung Yen Province. Photo credit: Vietnamnet


Anti-fraud inspectors in Vietnam have identified a military officer as the man suspected of selling 8,815 liters of jet fuel to a gas station in Hung Yen Province last month. 
Nguyen Van Thanh, a senior official at 165 Company, a subsidiary of Military Petroleum Corporation, allegedly sold the fuel meant for military aircraft to the station's owner Tran Viet Quang in early March. 
They reportedly hired two men to transport the illegal batch from Thanh's company on a tanker. 
The tanker was stopped for a surprise check by local police, who had earlier been notified of a case of fuel pilferage at the company.
The two transporters initially claimed that they had bought the fuel from a “stranger."
Investigators later connected Thanh and Quang to the case. 
They said at least five other people in Thanh's company abetted him in the illegal deal worth VND80 million, or nearly US$3,600. It is believed that Quang would then sell the fuel to car and motorbike drivers. 
The investigation continues. 
Experts have said if jet fuel is used for a car or motorbike, it will quickly damage the engine, which may put the driver at risk.
In February scores of cars in several southern provinces reportedly broke down, causing billions of dong worth of losses.
Fuel giant Petrolimex later admitted there had been an unusually large amount of impurities in a batch of its A95 gasoline, the most expensive grade.

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