Upexim CEO charged with $15m fraud

Monday, Sep 02, 2013 21:39

The Forestry Products Handicraft Production and Export-Import JSC (Upexim) has stopped operation since its chairman was arrested. Photo vietstock.com

HA NOI – Police in HCM City last week charged Truong Vui, 54, former chairman of the Forestry Products Handicraft Production and Export-Import JSC (Upexim) with fraudulent appropriation of US$15 million last week.

Police said Vui cheated many people and many organisations and appropriated a total of more than VND300 billion ($14million). They are expanding investigations to clarify the responsibilities of different stakeholders in the case.

On August 13, Vui, born in central Quang Nam Province, was arrested for investigation in HCM City.

From July, 2010, to April, 2012, Vui, as a CEO of UPEXIM, used his company's "red books" (land-use right certificates) of 600sq.m in two lots in Ho Tung Mau Street, HCM City, worth about VND200 billion ($9.5million), as mortgages and capital contribution to many projects in order to appropriate loans and money from banks and companies.

It is alleged that this enabled him to acquire VND80 billion ($3.8million) from TradeCo Company in Phu Nhuan District under a form of co-operation, while at the same time Vui sold the land to Phung Xuan Minh, director of Blue Diamond in District 1, HCM City for VND120 billion ($5.7million).

He also used the same red book to get a loan of VND110 billion ($5.2 million) at Sai Gon branch Agribank and another VND17 billion ($809,500) from a branch of the Military Bank at HCM City's Lon Market. He is also said to have used the red book to get loans from other banks.

In 2010, Vui signed a contract to sell VND54 billion ($2.5 million) worth of goods to BIHIMEX Company in Bien Hoa City, but never handed over the items.

Vui also used another red book to a plot of land in An Phu commune, Thuan An District, southern Binh Duong Province to get a loan of VND10 billion ($476,000) from the Agribank in District 1, HCM City and VND6 billion ($286,000) from the MB bank. – VNS

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