The head of a state-owned firm was caught Friday night receiving VND300 million (US$15,400) in bribes from a company at a hotel in Hanoi.
Tran Duc Mau, the general director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's Irrigation Construction Corporation No.4, was handed the money by the employees of a transportation firm based out of Hai Phong, police said.
Corruption investigators at the Ministry of Public Security said Mau had made it difficult for the Hai Phong firm to deliver materials to his construction projects and delayed paying the firm once the projects were finished.
On Sunday, VietNamNet reported Mau had suggested that the firm pay him, so he would stop creating difficulties for them.
In addition to the afformentioned payment, police discovered several envelopes in a suitcase Mau brought to the hotel. Some of the envelops had been emptied; four were stuffed with banknotes.
Police searched his home in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday for further evidence.