A senior customs officer in southern Vietnam has been dismissed for negligence that led to serious rule violations.
The General Department of Vietnam Customs has issued an administrative warning and removed Huynh Thanh Tam, head of the customs section of An Giang Province, from his place for his supervision in office that resulted in wrongdoings regarding value-added tax (VAT) refunding.
During the time Tam took office, over 40 officials and public servants working at the customs department were investigated and arrested for their misconduct.
The Ministry of Public Security as well as the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Police has probed them.
Police reports demonstrated that to be able to reap the benefits of VAT refunds, Le Dung, manager of a firm based in Ho Chi Minh City, colluded with customs officers at Khanh Binh Border Gate in An Giang to create phony export documents.
The officers would approve necessary paperwork and were paid sums equal to 0.3 percent of the cash illegally gained from the firm in return.
Between November 2012 and April 2013, Dung issued 120 false documents stating that his company had exported goods worth nearly VND447 billion ($20 million).
A total of 46 defendants were arrested for being involved in the scam, of whom 30 were employees at the An Giang customs section.
To be able to possess their counterfeited paperwork in a similar case, managers of two Vietnamese businesses were discovered bribing several officers at the customs department.
Authorities detained fifteen customs officers for abusing their powers that caused serious impacts in this instance.
Tran Quoc Hoan, deputy chief inspector in the General Department of Vietnam Customs, has been made as Tam’s replacement, based on a Tuoi Tre (Youth) paper source.
Tam was designed to be seconded to the General Department of Vietnam Customs. Nevertheless, he’s requested to work in his hometown due to old age and is anticipated to assume the post of deputy manager of the provincial Department of Trade and Industry.
The former customs official is considered for the place because he was not directly involved in the said violations, while his capacity could be needed someplace in the state, Vo Anh Kiet, deputy secretary of the An Giang Party Committee, explained.