Vietnam official suspended following arrest for embezzlement

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  Tran Trung Dung, deputy chief inspector in the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho, was arrested October 17 for allegedly misappropriating US$52,000 from a school he headed earlier / PHOTO: MAI TRAM

Authorities in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho Friday announced the suspension of an official who was arrested last week for allegedly embezzling VND1.1 billion (US$52,000) from a school he headed .

Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper quoted Dang Hoang Kim, a spokesman for the city Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, as saying that Tran Trung Dung, 59, was temporarily relieved of his post as the department's deputy chief inspector.

He was also suspended from the local Party unit pending a police investigation.

The police arrested him last Thursday for alleged misappropriation of the money from the department's Sports Vocational School, where he was president for several months before being transferred to his current job.

Nguyen Lan Thuy, 37, cashier and deputy chief of the school's financial division, was also taken into custody.

The police said Dung had ordered Thuy to fake various documents related to equipment purchase to pocket over VND300 million ($14,200).

The school collaborated with others in Ho Chi Minh City to organize training courses. It collected fees from trainees and was supposed to pay its partners, but it owes them over VND800 million ($37,800) and Dung failed to provide an explanation for the missing money, the police said.

The department discovered Dung's wrongdoing during an audit of the school's finances when his replacement took over.

Teachers had accused him of embezzlement but it is known if that was the reason for his transfer.

The police are investigating.

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