Official warned for violating Party ethics code

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The Communist Party unit in a Mekong Delta city has issued a warning to a senior tax official for violating the party's ethics code at a local massage parlor, newswire VnExpress reported.

The Party committe of Ca Mau City also proposed that the city's Tax Office sack its deputy director, Pham Minh Quang.

According to Le Hoang Phuong, director of the Ca Mau City Tax OfficeQuang abused his power to get free services at a massage parlor in Ca Mau City.

Between September 2006 and May 2011, Quang went to the Thuy Cung Massage Parlor many times, Phuong said.

"There was one time he brought two friends with him so that they could get free services too.

"After that, he asked Huynh Thanh Trieu, the owner of the parlor, to pay three female employees VND400,000 (US$19) as 'tips'."

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Quang also asked Trieu to take Quang's family to a fortune teller and pay for all the fees, Phuong added.

According to Ca Mau Party inspectors, Quang also signed four decisions to unjustly fine the parlor VND150 million ($7,150) in total.

The Ca Mau Province Tax Department has ordered the Ca Mau City Tax Office to revoke the decisions.

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