Police in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho Thursday arrested three people on suspicion of bribing a justice department official with a total of VND1.7 billion (US$81,281).
The suspects, including Nguyen Hoang Minh, 43, an official in charge of birth, marriage and death records in An Lac Ward, Ninh Kieu District, gave money to Phan Thanh Dung for helping them expedite paperwork for local women looking to marry foreigners.
The other two suspects are Tran Thi Thanh Huong, a 49-year-old teacher of Korean and A Huu Tho, 32, both from HCMC, police said.
Can Tho police began investigating the case when they caught Dung, deputy director of the Judicial Administrative Section under the city's Justice Department, receiving US$900 in bribes from Tran Ngoc Trung at a coffee shop on November 11 last year.
Trung was allegedly acting as a broker, receiving money from Tho and giving it to Dung, the Nguoi Lao Dong Online reported.
Police later raided Dung's office, confiscating $12,125 and VND161 million (US$8,500) in cash which the official is said to have admitted accepting from local girls seeking foreign marriages.
The police also seized two savings books worth 46 taels of gold (One tael is equivalent to 1.21 ounces), 19 taels of gold, and an illegal gun at Dung's house.
Both Dung and Trung are currently in custody as the case is being investigated further, police said.