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Runaway tech company chief now faces money laundering charges

By Ba Do   July 10, 2019 | 06:49 pm PT
Runaway tech company chief now faces money laundering charges
Mobile phone cabinets at Nhat Cuong Mobile Company in Hanoi are empty during a police raid in May 2019. Photo by VnExpres/Tat Dinh.
The fugitive chief of a Hanoi-based tech firm, wanted for smuggling and accounting violations, now also faces money laundering charges.

Investigation into the alleged smuggling activities of Bui Quang Huy, 45, general director of Nhat Cuong Technical Services Trading Co. Ltd., discovered he had invested his ill-gotten gains into the company and its subsidiary, Nhat Cuong Software Co. Ltd., police from the Ministry of Public Security said on Tuesday.

He also faces charges of "violating regulations of law on accounting causing serious consequences," and is wanted by the police after he eluded their attempts to arrest him in May.

The police have said Huy is the suspected linchpin of an organized crime group responsible for cross-border smuggling, maintained two sets of accounting books to conceal trillions of dong worth of revenues (VND1 trillion = $42.7 million) and conspired with foreign manufacturers to illegally import electronic goods.

They began investigations on May 14, five days after raiding nine stores and a warranty center belonging to another Nhat Cuong subsidiary, Nhat Cuong Mobile, and seizing thousands of mobile phones, tablets and other electronic items.

They have so far arrested eight people and issued warrants against Nhat Cuong's finance director, chief accountant, deputy general director, business director, head of Apple products, and an unidentified employee, and the director and business director of Thanh Son Infrastructure Investment and Development JSC.

In addition to being Nhat Cuong's general director, Huy is also the legal representative of Nhat Cuong Software, which has done a number of technology projects for Hanoi including a residential data project.

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