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Prison sentence upheld for former colonel in Thai Son Corp. case
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Prison sentence upheld for former colonel in Thai Son Corp. case

The Saigon Times Daily

Dinh Ngoc He, alias Bald Ut, at the court of appeals in the capital city of Hanoi on November 1 - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The Central Military Court upheld a 12-year prison sentence for Dinh Ngoc He, alias Bald Ut, former senior lieutenant colonel and deputy general director of Thai Son Corporation under the Defense Ministry, reported the Vietnam News Agency.

The man was given 10 years behind bars for abusing his power, and another two years for using fake documents to defraud agencies and organizations, as heard at the court of appeals in the capital city of Hanoi on November 1.

Tran Van Lam, 41, former general director of Thai Son Development and Investment JSC, who was charged with abuse of power, also has his prison term of five years upheld. 

Meanwhile, Phung Danh Tham, 53, former chairman and general director of Thai Son Corporation, received a two-year noncustodial sentence for negligence leading to serious consequences.

Dinh Ngoc He and Tran Van Lam were also banned from taking on corporate leadership roles following their jail terms for four and three years, respectively. Tham is also barred from holding the top tiers of management for any business for two years following the verdict’s effective date.

Defendants in the case were required to compensate the State budget with more than VND3.4 billion (US$146,000).

The indictment stated that during the 2011-2016 period, He abused his authority as the representative of Thai Son Corporation’s stake in Thai Son JSC, as well as his role as chairman and general director of Thai Son JSC, to falsify reports on the operations of Thai Son JSC, making false claims of its functions and tasks to win contracts in key national projects.

He also instructed his subordinates to obtain military and State number plates for the company’s cars, and then used the cars as collateral or leased them, in violation of prevailing regulations. They pocketed more than VND6 billion from these acts.

The military inspectorate said the illicit use of cars with military and State number plates violated rules on public cars, thus tarnishing the reputation of the military.

In 2014, market surveillance officials in the southern province of Binh Duong discovered more than 20,000 liters of substandard gasoline at a gas station owned by Thai Son JSC. At the time, Lam followed the instruction of He to sign a document sent to the provincial government, claiming that Thai Son was a military company doing business alongside defense duty in order to ask for an exemption from the fine.

Later, they fabricated contracts on petrol deposits and storage and other documents to claim that the low-quality gasoline belonged to the Air Defense and Air Force Service under the Defense Ministry and was not for sale.

Their actions reportedly caused losses of more than VND1.4 billion in fines that would have been contributed to the State budget.

Meanwhile, as general director of Thai Son Corporation, Tham showed poor management ability and was lax in his duties of supervision and inspection, having failed to notice the illegal use of vehicles with military and State number plates. He also did not uncover the other illegal acts performed by He and his accomplices.

The indictment confirmed that even though He did not admit to the charges, the military inspectorate had found the relevant documents and the evidence collected during the investigation process were sufficient grounds for the charges.

He was also found to have bought a false university score record and degree, using them in his Party membership application and for the purpose of a promotion and salary raise.

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