Suicidal Dak Nong cop allegedly took $940 in bribes

By Phan Ba, Thanh Nien News

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Le Dinh Trong (R) being read his arrest warrant on Monday afternoon. Photo: Phan Ba Le Dinh Trong (R) being read his arrest warrant on Monday afternoon. Photo: Phan Ba

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The Dak Nong weigh station deputy who leapt to his death at a police station, last Thursday, told interrogators he'd accepted VND20 million (US$940) in kickbacks, according to police accounts presented at a press conference on Tuesday.
On Monday afternoon, provincial police arrested Le Dinh Trong, a deputy head of the provincial traffic team for accepting bribes, four days after the suicide of his deputy, Nguyen Tan Man, for the same violation.
Colonel Luong Ngoc Lep, deputy head of the provincial police, says Trong collected VND21.5 million ($1,014) in kickbacks from numerous truck drivers at the weigh station he oversaw.
Authorities searched Trong’s office to gather more evidence.
Trong, 39, who oversaw a vehicle weigh station unit, was summoned to the police station last Thursday (October 9) with Man and another of his deputies.
Man, 37, admitted to taking bribes from numerous overloaded truck owners at the weigh station he oversaw before hurling himself over a second story balcony.
He was rushed to the hospital immediately after the incident where he succumbed to severe injuries, 30 minutes later.
Nguyen Quang Khai, another official at the weigh station, who had taken a bribe of VND23 million, was summoned the same day as Trong and Man.
However, Lep did not mentioned Khai’s fate at the Tuesday press conference.
 

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