Director of An Giang Department of Natural Resources and Environment arrested for accepting bribes related to large illegal sand mining ring

Nguyen Viet Tri, director of An Giang province's Department of Natural Resources and Environment, was prosecuted and taken into custody by the investigation agency of the Ministry of Public Security for investigation on charges of accepting bribes in connection with the case of a company illegally mining large reserves.
 
On August 15, Lieutenant General To An So, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Security, said that the Police Investigation Department of the Ministry of Public Security (C03) had made a decision to prosecute the case and prosecute the accused against Nguyen Viet Tri, director of An Giang province's Department of Natural Resources and Environment. The investigation agency also executed a temporary arrest warrant for Mr. Tri for investigation on charges of accepting bribes.
 
At the same time, the investigation agency also prosecuted seven people including: Huynh Van Thai - head of the mineral department of An Giang Department of Natural Resources and Environment; Tran Van Hai - director of the monitoring center under the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment; Truong Minh Tam, Thai Thanh Quy, Le Nhut Truong, Nguyen Van Tho - also employees of this center; Bui Minh Tuan is deputy director of Nam Khang Company and director of Viet Khoa Company.
 
These people were investigated for abusing their positions and powers in the performance of their official duties.
 
The Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the above officials were prosecuted during the investigation of the case of law violations in sand mining and trading activities of Trung Hau Investment Joint Stock Company - General 68 at the sand mine in My Hiep and Binh Phuoc Xuan communes,  Cho Moi district, An Giang province.
 
After the Supreme People's Procuracy approved the above decisions and procedural orders, the investigating agency conducted searches of the defendants' residences and workplaces.
 
Illegal mining of 3.2 million m3 of sand
 
Related to this case, the investigating agency prosecuted three people for bribery: Le Quang Binh - chairman of the members' council, general director; Vo Traditional - Deputy General Director and Nguyen Tan Dinh - Managing Director of Trung Hau Company - General 68. The three were also prosecuted and further investigated for violating regulations on research, exploration and resource exploitation. Many leaders and employees of Trung Hau Company - General 68 were also prosecuted, including: Le Trong Hai - deputy general director; Hoang Hai Thuy - deputy general director; Tran Anh Tuan - project manager and three employees of the company. These people are all investigated for violating regulations on research, exploration and resource exploitation.
 
The initial investigation results determined that Trung Hau Investment Joint Stock Company - Tong 68 is headquartered in Binh Hung Commune, Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. HCMC, with Le Quang Binh as Chairman General Director.
 
This company is licensed by An Giang Provincial People's Committee to exploit a total volume of more than 1.5 million m3 of sand to supply 4 projects including: My Thuan - Can Tho expressway project; route connecting National Highway 91 and Long Xuyen city bypass; Long Dien A-B canal road project; component project of Can Tho - Hau Giang and Hau Giang - Ca Mau sections.
 
According to the investigating agency, verification results so far show that Le Quang Binh took advantage of the granted mineral exploitation license, directed employees and hired many people to organize sand mining beyond the licensed reserves. Initially, the investigation agency determined that Le Quang Binh's company had exploited more than 4.7 million m3 of sand, exceeding the licensed reserves of over 3.2 million m3, with a provisional value of about VND 253 billion.
 
Using proceeds from illegal sand mining to pay bribes to officials
 
As a result of the investigation, Trung Hau Company left the books undeclared and paid financial obligations for the sand mined in excess of this license. In order to consume the illegally mined sand for illicit profits, Le Quang Binh and his accomplices used tricks through intermediary companies established by him, managing to buy false invoices to validate the origin of illegal sand.
 
Source: TTO.