South Vietnam officials jailed for smuggling money across border

Two officials in the southern Binh Duong Province have been sentenced to prison while another received a suspended sentence for illegally transferring money through the Vietnam – Cambodia border.

Thu Dau Mot Town’s Tax Department officials Phung Hoang Bach, 49, and Bui Gia Hung, 38, were sentenced to four years and two years jail respectively.

Tran The Hung, 31, a manager of Binh Duong Province’s Water Supply and Drainage Company affiliate got a six-month suspended sentence, a court in the neighboring province of Tay Ninh ruled recently.

The indictment pronounced the three officials had been caught smuggling more than US$88,000 and VND15 million ($928) across the Moc Bai border control area in a car on March 21.

During questioning, the three officials admitted the cash was obtained from winnings at the New World Casino in Cambodia.

The officials also said this was the third time they had gambled at the casino.

The smuggled money has been confiscated, authorities said.

Tay Ninh police additionally fined Le Hong Anh, the driver of the vehicle carrying the officials, VND2 million ($123).

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