HCMC IT firm chief held for smuggling in laptops

The Ho Chi Minh City police have seized 300 Dell, ASUS, and AS laptop computers they found in a container of keyboards imported by an IT firm and instituted legal action against it for “smuggling.”

Despite not being declared, they had been allowed to pass through customs on July 1.

Yesterday the Hanoi Investigative Police Bureau against Criminals of Social Order and Position Abuse in the South (C15B) arrested Ly Quan Kiet, director of Vinh Hao IT Company located in District 8.

He has been taken into temporary custody and charged with “trafficking goods.”

The police said that on July 1 he imported a container of keyboards from Hong Kong which was checked and allowed to get through by customs officers Nguyen Phi Hung and Tran Ngoc Tho of Saigon Port.

According to Vinh Hao’s customs declaration, there were 460 cartons containing 2,750 computer keyboards.

But when the police checked it, there were only 360 cartons with keyboards, while the rest contained the laptops worth some VND 2 billion.

A search of the company’s office in District 1 turned up records and vouchers showing that since 2006, Vinh Hao Company has been import computers and accessories from foreign countries.

Investigations are continuing into the role of the two customs officers in the smuggling.

By Dam Loan – Translated by Phuong Lan

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