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Receiving a bribe of 15 million dong, the former head of the department was sentenced to 7 years in prison

Quang NamDirector of Fisheries Sub-Department Pham Thi Hoang Tam discovered the fisherman’s mistake but received 15 million dong to ignore it, causing the state to lose more than 2.7 billion dong.

On April 15, Ms. Tam (48 years old) was sentenced to 7 years in prison by the People’s Court of Quang Nam province for the crime Bribery and 7 years in prison for the crime Lack of responsibility causes serious consequencesaccording to articles 354 and 360 of the Penal Code.

Department of Fisheries where Ms. Tam used to work.  Photo: Dac Thanh

Fisheries Sub-Department where Ms. Tam used to be the head. Image: Dac Thanh

Same crime Bribery, Ms. Tam’s two subordinates, Mr. Tran Quoc Viet (former head of fishing vessel and fishery logistics service department) were sentenced to 42 months in prison and Mr. Nguyen Huynh Nam (former deputy head of fisheries resource development and exploitation department) 24 months in prison.

The judgment determined that, in the first nine months of 2019, 20 fishermen had cheated during the application process to enjoy the state policy to support petrol and oil money for offshore fishing. Tam, Viet and Nam discovered this.

With the responsibility of the head of the Fisheries Sub-Department cum Deputy of the Policy Appraisal Council to handle the violations, the authorities accused Ms. Tam of receiving 15 million dong, Viet 35 million dong and Nam 15 million dong. skip”. After that, the fishermen made documents and received more than 2.7 billion VND of support from the state.

Ms. Tam also received 120 million VND in the inspection period contributed by the fishermen. When the police investigated, she returned this amount and was determined that “there is not enough evidence to conclude that this is a bribe”.

In addition to the three defendants above, at the trial, 19 fishermen were found guilty Fraudulent appropriation of assets, sentence from 18 months in prison up to 10 years in prison. The other one died.

Dac Thanh

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