Vietnamese cop accused of taking bribe, posing as shaman

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Phan Ba Hung (L) and Nguyen Van Tu face swindling charges. File photo Phan Ba Hung (L) and Nguyen Van Tu face swindling charges. File photo


Nghe An police are pressing charges against a communal policeman and his accomplice for allegedly posing as crime-branch investigators and shaking down a hotel in the north central province
Phan Ba Hung, 56, of Dong Van Commune police in Tan Ky District and Nguyen Van Tu, 36, were arrested two months ago, according to Senior Lieutenant Colonel Pham Xuan Khanh of the Yen Thanh District's police force.
On September 25, the men were taken into custody while allegedly accepting bribe money from the Mai Tuyet Hotel in Yen Thanh District.
They arrived to the hotel at around 11 pm posing as crime branch police officers from the provincial police department.
They allegedly insisted on reviewing the hotel's guest registrar.
After finding the hotel had failed to register three guests, they threatened to issue a fine and demanded VND9 million (US$425) in bribe money.
Police said they caught the duo taking the bribe, red-handed, at the hotel without elaborating how they came to know about the case.
According to Nguyen Van Hai, the police chief of Dong Van Commune, Hung is a Tan Ky District policeman whose ID was issued in 2013.
His ID was allegedly valid until 2018, “but Hung has left the locality recently and ignored his duty to maintain local security", Hai said.
"He has allegedly swindled ethnic people and posed as a shaman,” he said.
Hai said his agency was considering disciplinary measures against Hung when they made the recent arrest.

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