More suspects arrested in jet fuel theft probe

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Two more people were arrested Tuesday as police expanded investigation in a ring that allegedly stole at least 17,000 liters of jet fuel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Four people were taken into custody last week when the fuel theft was uncovered in Tan Son Nhat Airport. Three of of the six suspects were employed by state-owned Vietnam Air Petrol Company (Vinapco), the major fuel provider of local carriers.
The ring is accused of having stolen fuel worth nearly VND400 million (US$18,500) on at least two occasions Jebefore it was busted.
On Jan. 30, security guards of the airport caught a driver and a technician of Vinapco siphoning fuel from a company’s tanker to another one parked outside the airport through a 100-meter long pipe.
The investigation continues.
Last September, a court in the northern city of Hai Phong convicted 10 people of stealing thousands of liters of jet fuel also from Vinapco.
Nine were jailed for as long as three and half years, while the other was given a suspended sentence of nine months.

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