Danish Project Hit by Corruption


A senior official in Ca Mau was arrested 24 Dec for embezzling and turning a blind eye to wrongdoings causing a loss of $200,000 to a state budget meant to assist poor farmers.


Nguyen Thong Nhan, former director of the province’s agriculture department and manager of a Vietnam-Denmark fisheries project, is


charged with taking VND55 million and allowing his deputy Nguyen Trung Chanh to take more than VND120 million ($6,100) for personal spending from the project.



They misappropriated the sum by faking receipts for
expenditure on non-existent training courses for farmers in Ca Mau, Vietnam’s


southernmost province.



In total, VND3.9 billion ($ 200,000) is estimated to be
illegally spent from the VND7.5 billion ($384,812) project meant to assist


farmers in fish and shrimp cultivation.



Nhan was expelled from the Communist Party of Vietnam in
October.

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