A court in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong on Tuesday sentenced a former senior transport inspector to seven years in jail for taking bribes to ignore overloaded trucks.
Le Dinh Trong, 41, was deputy chief inspector at the local transport department in 2013 when he received bribes from a Ho Chi Minh City-based company.
According to the indictment, a team of inspectors led by Trong caught four container trucks belonging to Hiep Toan Company in early 2013 and let them go after four days without any penalty.
Trong had said at the time that it was the “first violation” by the company.
Nguyen Trong Toan, an employee of the company, then met Trong and offered payment for his protection.
In April 2014, Toan transferred a total VND40 million (US$1,780) to Trong’s bank account and none of the company’s heavy trucks faced any problem crossing the province during around 200 trips between May and October 2014.
Nguyen Xuan Chung, an employee of another company based in the neighboring Dak Lak Province, also paid VND29 million ($1,290) to Trong’s subordinate Nguyen Tan Man for the same purpose.
Man’s crime was unveiled in late 2014, but during questioning at a police station he jumped to his death from the second floor, police said. His family raised questions about the cause of his death, but an investigation later reaffirmed that Man had jumped.
Toan and Chung were sentenced to six and two years, respectively, for giving bribes.