Police in the northern province of Nam Dinh arrested three women for pocketing VND 3.9 billion ($195,000) in driver's license fees, an official said Tuesday.
According to Nguyen Huu Cao, head of the province's department of transport the three former officials from the department's financial desk were in charge of collecting the testing and processing fees that local driving training centers submitted to their office.
Police say Nguyen Thuy Linh, 31, Trieu Thi Hien, 33, and Nguyen Minh Thuy, 36, allegedly deposited a total of VND 3.9 billion they pocketed between 2012 to 2014 into an account they shared.
An internal departmental review uncovered the scheme, Cao said, adding that the office immediately fired the three women. Police then arrested the trio and have called on provincial prosecutors to press charges.
Thuy and Hien, who were also members of the Communist Party of Vietnam, were expelled from the organization.
Cao said the head of the Financial Desk Mai Huu Chinh, 58, was dismissed from his duty for gross negligence.