Huynh Nguyen Que Tram stands trial on September 18 in the southern province of Binh Phuoc for embezzlement. Photo credit: VnExpress
A court in the southern province of Binh Phuoc on Friday sentenced an accountant for a local political organization to life in prison, for stealing VND6.1 billion (US$268,100), mostly from relief funds.
Huynh Nguyen Que Tram, 34, was found guilty of "embezzlement" by the People's Court of Binh Phuoc, which also ruled that she would have to pay back the money.
Between 2009-2013, Tram, who was then an accountant for Binh Phuoc Province's Fatherland Front, which monitors the government's activities and policies, falsified documents to withdraw money from its relief funds for poor families, victims of Agent Orange and of floods, prosecutors said.
The accountant forged the signature of the organization's chairman to carry out her scheme, they said.
She also pocketed money from the organization's budget by faking purchases of printing services and equipment.
Her scheme was discovered in May 2013 when she was ordered to hand over the relief funds to another accountant.
The court also proposed that three other people, including Tran Van Gom, ex-chairman of the Binh Phuoc Fatherland Front, and Pham Le Kien, accountant of the State Treasury branch in the province, be investigated for their responsibility in the case.