The villa of Le Thanh Cung, chairman of the Binh Duong Province People's Committee. Photo: Do Truong
The Communist Party unit of Binh Duong Province has cleared its provincial mayor of graft and misconduct.
The Binh Duong Party Committee held a press conference on Thursday to provide information related to the assets of Le Thanh Cung, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee.
The conference was held after news websites reported that Cung owned a gold-encrusted luxury villa worth tens of billions of dong and a 100-hectare rubber plantation worth hundreds of billions of dong.
Nguyen Minh Giao, a senior provincial Party official, told the press that an audit had found that Cung possessed all of his assets before he was appointed to the role of provincial mayor in 2011.
“In 2013 and July 2014, the Central Inspection Committee verified that Cung’s assets were declared clearly and there were no signs of embezzlement or corruption,” he said.
He confirmed that Cung owned a villa and a rubber farm, but their value and size are “not that big.”
“The rubber farm is only a few dozen hectares,” he said.
As for the villa, he said, Cung had earned around VND50 million (US$2,360) per day from his rubber crops between 2000 and 2004, when rubber prices were high, that allowed him to easily afford to build a villa worth several billion Dong.
Last year, Giao said, the Government Inspectorate also cleared Cung of allegations of misconduct filed by Huynh Uy Dung--a 53-year-old businessman who owns the huge Dai Nam Tourism complex.