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Former military official faces fresh charge
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Former military official faces fresh charge

By Thanh Thom

Former military official Dinh Ngoc He, alias Bald Ut, stands at a court in Hanoi City in November 2018 – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – Former senior lieutenant colonel Dinh Ngoc He, alias Bald Ut, faces an additional charge of abuse of power at a company under the Defense Ministry where he used to serve as its leader.

The Ministry of Public Security said in a January 31 statement on its website that its investigators are looking into the wrongdoings related to the 48-year-old Dinh Ngoc He at Thai Son Development and Investment JSC in Hanoi City.

Having secured further evidence, investigators on January 29 decided to bring criminal proceedings against Bald Ut, who served as former chairman and general director of the company, on the charge of abusing position and power to influence others for personal gain, in line with the 2015 Penal Code.

Last July, he was given a total of 12 years behind bars for abusing his power and using fake documents to defraud agencies and organizations.

During the 2011-2016 period, he abused his authority as the representative of Thai Son Corporation’s stake in Thai Son JSC, as well as his role as chairman and general director of this company, to falsify reports on its operations and make false claims of its functions and tasks to win contracts in key national projects.

He also instructed his subordinates to obtain military and State number plates for the company’s cars, and then used the cars as collateral or leased them for illicit gains in violation of prevailing regulations. They pocketed more than VND6 billion from these acts.

In 2014, market surveillance officials in the southern province of Binh Duong discovered more than 20,000 liters of substandard gasoline at a gas station owned by Thai Son JSC.

At the time, Ut instructed his subordinate to send a document to the provincial government, claiming that Thai Son was a military company doing business alongside defense duty in order to ask for an exemption from the imminent fine.

Later, they fabricated contracts on petrol deposits and storage and other documents to claim that the low-quality gasoline belonged to the Air Defense and Air Force Service under the Defense Ministry and was not for sale.

Their actions reportedly caused losses of more than VND1.4 billion in fines that would have been submitted to the State budget.

Bald Ut was also found to have bought a false university score record and degree, using them in his Party membership application and for the purpose of a promotion and salary raise.

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