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More CDC directors, officials prosecuted for involvement in Viet A case

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Investigative Police Agency, under the Ministry of Public Security, has filed charges against more directors of provincial centers for disease control (CDC) and officials at the Ministries of Health and Science-Technology for allegedly violating bidding regulations and the price gouging of Covid test kits at the Viet A Technology Corporation.

The results of the expanded probe into the price gouging of Covid-19 test kits at Viet A showed that several leaders and officials at the centers of disease control of Nghe An and Binh Duong provinces allegedly colluded with Phan Quoc Viet, chairman and general director of Viet A, and several employees at Viet A and VNDAT Company to violate bidding regulations, causing serious consequences.

In addition, Phan Quoc Viet, Vu Dinh Hiep, deputy director of Viet A, and Phan Duy Tuyen, director of the Hai Duong CDC, were also charged with taking  bribes of VND27 billion, the local media reported.

Nguyen Minh Tuan, former head of the Department of Health Equipment and Works under Ministry of Health; Nguyen Nam Lien, head of the ministry’s Department of Planning and Finance; and Trinh Thanh Hung, deputy head of the Department of Science and Technology for Economic Technical Branches under the Ministry of Science and Technology, were charged with abusing his position and power while on duty.

The investigators also filed charges against Nguyen Van Dinh, director of the Nghe An CDC; Nguyen Thi Hong Tham, chief accountant at the Nghe An CDC; Nguyen Thanh Danh, director of the Binh Duong CDC; Tran Thanh Phong, deputy head of the Accounting-Finance division of the Binh Duong CDC; Le Thi Hong Xuyen, former head of the Binh Duong CDC lab; and Tieu Quoc Cuong, chief accountant and deputy head of the finance division of the Binh Duong Health Department, for bidding irregularities.

Nguyen Truong Giang, director of VNDAT; Nguyen Thi Thuy, a sales employee of VNDAT; and Le Trung Nguyen, an executive at Viet A, faced the same charge.

The Investigative Police Agency is continuing to expand the probe into the case and review assets of violators to take back appropriated assets and impose sanctions on violators.

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