Former Vung Tau city chairman prosecuted for economic management violations

The Investigation Police Agency under the Ministry of Public Security yesterday decided to prosecute former chairman of the Vung Tau city People’s Committee Phan Hoa Binh, former deputy chairman Truong Van Tri, and former head of the city’s Urban Management Department Nguyen Thanh Son for purposefully breaking economic management regulations causing heavy consequences.

Their houses and offices have also been researched. At the time of the prosecution, Phan Hoa Binh was deputy head of the organization board of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province Party Committee.

According to initial information, the three former officials committed violations in land management and land use purpose conversion during the time they worked in the city.

Specifically, Binh and Tri signed 40 documents to transfer the land use purpose of over 200,000 square meters for ten individuals, who contributed capital to Vung Tau based An Khang Real Estate Company to implement Metropolitan project from December 17, 2010 to January 18, 2011.

In addition, they made eight decisions to permit transferring the land use purpose of over 16,000 square meters for individuals contributing capital to Khang Gia Han company to implement Khang Gia Han project from December 22, 2010 to January 18, 2011.

Metropolitan is a commercial and high class housing complex and Khang Gia Han is a service and high class housing complex in Ward 11, Vung Tau.

The investigation agency said that instead of referring to the city’s detailed plan, Nguyen Thanh Son based on a 1:500 scale plan provided by An Khang Company to propose Phan Hoa Binh to approve Metropolitan project.

Therefore, the project’s plan has covered state owned land and housing area of local households.

The offenders are granted bail and banned from leaving their residences for investigation.

Previously, the ministry’s corruption fighting agency prosecuted and held in custody Vu Quoc Tuan, head of the Vung Tau Department of Natural Resources and Environment, for willfully violating economic management regulations resulting in heavy consequences in Metropolitan project on February 21, 2014.

57 year old Ngo Thi Minh Phuong, chairwoman of An Khang Company was prosecuted and put in temporary detention for asset appropriation fraud.

By Nong Ngan – Translated by Hai Mien

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