HCMC – Chau Ngoc Y, 38, who leads three automobile inspection and testing centers in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho, has been detained on alleged charges of taking over VND2 billion in bribes.
Can Tho Police Department investigators have also detained Nguyen Sy Hung, 43, an employee of the Phu Hung auto maintenance provider in Ben Tre Province, on the same charges.
Between 2020 and 2022, the director of 6502D, 6504D and 6506D auto testing facilities admitted to taking bribes from drivers and auto owners in return for accepting their unauthorized structural modifications on cars and making them compliant with technical and environmental standards, according to the provincial police office.
Together, the suspects allegedly conspired to forge documents and supply fake details to legalize inspection stamps for the violated vehicles. They received VND10-12 million for each set of documents.
The arrests are part of a probe into breaches of auto inspection and registration regulations nationwide.
As of mid-February, violations were found at over 40 automobile registration and inspection facilities, and 300 personnel were charged with bribe brokering, giving and receiving, and falsifying documents.