Uncharitable behaviour leads to police investigation

Police investigation agency A25 of the Ministry of Public Security has probed some charitable claims only to find benefactors are not what the originally seemed.

Mr. Viet signs the receipt saying he would donate 5,000 wheelchairs for charity. (Photo: SGGP)

The Southern Red Cross Society on April 25, 2008 held a charity concert to raise funds for disadvantaged, disabled children and war victims. The organizers called for social contributions to help the disadvantaged people.

Huynh Tan Viet, managing director of FreeBizzNet BV (a commercial and advertising company located in District 12, HCM City) promised to provide around 5,000 wheelchairs worth VND1 million each.

Despite the society’s effort to contact Mr. Viet about his gifts, he has yet to give a single wheelchair.

Similarly, Mr. Le Quang, a Vietnamese-American doctor, nicknamed ‘Biti,’ claimed he was a representative of Hoa Binh World Charity Association, and pledged to offer the program VND500 million. However, the final figure was about VND300 million.

After the massive drop in funding, the police agency A25 decided to probe.

They found Quang had somewhat polished the credentials of his organization. In one example, he wrote his nickname on the outside of containers of goods being distributed to the poor in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang when on a trip with a charity medical team.

FreeBizzNet BV was found to have not been licensed by relevant agencies in Vietnam, yet has published work on the Internet.

In an attempt to look good, some organizations, associations and individuals said they would back the charity but failed to deliver when the money was needed.

A25 warned the Red Cross Society to adhere to regulations in calling for contributions in a bid to avoid those who take advantage of charity events.

According to lawyer Tran Ngoc Quy, from the Ho Chi Minh City Lawyer Association, such actions maybe considered unethical but they are not against the law.

By Duong Loan - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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