Vietnam court upholds Treasury embezzler's death sentence

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The supreme court in Ho Chi Minh City Friday confirmed the death sentence awarded to a former chief accountant at the national Treasury for stealing VND44 billion (US$2.11 million), saying the money involved was too large for clemency.

Tran Minh Long, 36, who used to work at the Treasury in the city's Nha Be District, had earlier been found guilty of "embezzlement" and "gambling."

He had stolen from the treasury to finance his football betting since at least December 2010, putting VND500,000 to VND1.5 billion ($24-72,000) on international matches.

Long first bet with Phung Manh Hung, 27, a cell phone shop owner who introduced him to the game, and Huynh Van Cuong, who established several online gambling sites.

The man also bet with colleagues in Treasury offices in other districts.

He had forged documents and the signature of his director to steal the money.

His gambling partners received three to six years' suspended sentences.

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