The most extensive bribery case ever in Thanh Hoa: Numerous suspects prosecuted for “Giving and Receiving Bribes”

The Provincial Security Investigation Agency (PSIA) of Thanh Hoa province announced on January 31st that it has made the decision to initiate a prosecution against 23 individuals in connection with the offenses of "Accepting bribes" and "Giving bribes" as stipulated in Article 354(3) and Article 364(2) of the Criminal Code.


The Thanhoángzong Police Department has also issued a temporary detention order for seven individuals who were involved in giving and receiving bribes and imposed travel restrictions on 16 remaining individuals.

According to the Thanhoángzong Police, this is the largest case of bribery detection and arrest ever in the history of Than Hoá province.

According to the documents of the Anti-Corruption Investigation Agency, from late 2020 to late 2022, there have been significant changes in land issues in Sam Son City due to the land compensation and resettlement work for the Sam Son Beach Square project. Taking advantage of the demand for land separation, transfer, renewal, change of ownership, and land volatility by the local residents, some individuals colluded with certain officials working in government agencies with authority, such as the Land Registration Office, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the district cadastral office, the tax office, to act as intermediaries, accept contracts and documents, register land changes for the people, and charge a fee ranging from several million to tens of million dong in exchange for land use certificates.

Upon receiving the documents and money from the people, the individuals would bribe the land registration office officials, who were their acquaintances (either by giving money directly, putting money in the documents, or transferring money), to process the paperwork. In addition to paying the land registration office officials, they also had to pay the tax office, the district cadastral office, the one-stop office, the environmental resources department, and more.

If the people did not pay, they would face difficulties, inconvenience, prolonged processing time, and even rejection of their documents.

On the morning of January 30, 2024, the Anti-Corruption Investigation Agency of Thanh Hoá province executed an arrest warrant for temporary detention against seven individuals, including Nguyễn Ngọc Anh (born 1988), Lê Hải Đăng (born 1994), Vũ Văn Quang (born 1986), all employees of the Sam Son Branch of the Land Registration Office; Cao Thị Thùy Dung (born 1992), an employee of the provincial Land Registration Office; Trịnh Thị Hoa (born 1983), an officer of the Sam Son – Quang Xuong tax department; Lê Thanh Bình (born 1990), an employee of Lê Thành Phương Notary Office in Sam Son City, and Trương Thị Hồng (born 1981), an officer of the Quảng Thọ ward cadastral office in Sam Son City.

In addition to the above seven individuals, the Anti-Corruption Investigation Agency has initiated legal proceedings and applied preventive measures to 16 other individuals, including employees of the land registration office, teachers, cadastral officers, regulations officers, and employees of some notary offices.

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