Official in central Vietnam lied about age, veteran status for awards: police

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Police read an arrest warrant to Nguyen Xuan Hiep on Thursday. Photo provided by the police Police read an arrest warrant to Nguyen Xuan Hiep on Thursday. Photo provided by the police

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Police in Quang Nam Province on Thursday said they have proposed criminal charges against a local official who allegedly falsified his profile to be eligible for government awards for war veterans.
Doan Quoc Dung, head of the Communist Party unit in Phuoc Ninh Commune, Nong Son District, was granted bail, police said.
Dung, 59, allegedly lied about his age and veteran status. He claimed that he is 83 to receive a medal that is only granted to those who fought in the wars from 1946-1975. Ironically, Dung's mother is now 80 years old.
Police said Nguyen Xuan Hiep, an official at the district’s Domestic Affairs Department, has helped Dung and 46 others fabricate personal documents since 2008 to apply for such medals and awards. 
Investigators said Dung, who was in charge of accessing the profiles, approved them without consulting other officials. 
The 47 medalists have been granted a total of VND700 million (over US$31,000) for contributions and achievements during the wars, which they actually had never fought.
Authorities are asking these individuals to return the money.
Hiep has been arrested. 
This is a serious case of profile fabrication and the investigation will be expanded, police said.

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