Police clear Hanoi teller's name, launch investigation into relative

By Thai Son, Thanh Nien News

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Nguyen Thi Thanh Van demonstrates how she forged a Hanoi bank teller's signature to help screate a false case against him. Photo: Hien Nguyen Nguyen Thi Thanh Van demonstrates how she forged a Hanoi bank teller's signature to help screate a false case against him. Photo: Hien Nguyen

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After a Hanoi bank teller failed to repay the debt he owed his relative, she conspired with the manager of a charity to generate fake evidence that he stole from the group to recoup the funds.
Vietnam’s top prosecutors has discovered the scam and rescinded the man's 30-month jail term, a source told Thanh Nien reporter Monday.
Investigators from the Supreme People Procuracy, the country’s highest prosecution unit, asked the Hanoi court and police to cancel the sentence issued to Vu Ngoc Duong and investigate the source of the evidence supplied against him.
Duong, 27, lost his job at a local bank after being detained in July of 2011 for his alleged embezzlement.
In November 2012, the Hanoi People’s Court sentenced him to 30 months in jail for abusing his official position and misappropriate assets.
Following appeal proceedings in September of 2013, the court upheld his sentence.
Duong and his family continued to file petitions insisting on his innocence. They accused police and prosecutors of doctoring evidence in their assistance of two criminal plaintiffs.
A recent investigation revealed that Duong Dieu Thu, his mother’s cousin, masterminded the scam to recover the money Duong had borrowed from her and failed to repay.
A source at the Ministry of Public security now says Thu, who works at Dong Anh District Vocational Center (a charitable organization) colluded with a colleague, Nguyen Thi Thanh Van, to manufacture evidence of an embezzlement scheme that never took place.
She provided a loan letter which Van used to copy Duong's signature and handwriting.
In the end, the pair produced sufficient documentation to make it look as though Duong had been a member of the charity who stole VND100 million (US$4,720) in organization funds in addition to taking out loans in the charity’s name.
After his appeals trial, Duong’s father was ordered to repay the charity VND100 million and cover VND197 million in debts to various people.
The women have admitted to forging the papers.
Prosecutors say they are looking into the responsibility of judicial officials who handled the case poorly.
“Duong was a bank teller. His detention and wrongful conviction caused him to lose his job and other rights afforded to law-abiding citizens,” they said in a statement.

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