Vietnam official faces discipline for dishonest asset declaration after $6M stolen from bank account

By Phuoc Tuan   June 13, 2024 | 04:48 pm PT
Provincial inspectors have recommended that a district chairwoman in the southern province of Dong Nai be disciplined for dishonestly declaring her assets.

On Thursday, the Dong Nai Party Inspection Commission requested that the provincial Standing Party Committee discipline Nguyen Thi Giang Huong, chairwoman of the Nhon Trach District People’s Committee, for "anti-corruption violations."

According to investigators, Huong had lied when declaring her personal assets. She had also violated the anti-corruption law, the Commission said.

Vietnamese public servants are subject to regular procedures where they need to declare their assets and income.

It is not clear what Huong has declared. But back in March, a hacking incident revealed that she had at least VND170 billion ($6.68 million) in her account.

The police initially determined that Huong was tricked by a scam group masquerading as authorities, who called to frighten her into paying by threatening her with legal action.

Huong then reportedly borrowed money from her friends and families, according to inspectors. Within days, the scam group had gained access to Huong’s account and withdrawn over VND170 billion.

Further investigations into the matter are ongoing.

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