Sacombank’s ex-bankers detained as police dig Pham Cong Danh’s case

Tram Be, former chairman of the credit board of Sacombank. — Photo

The police detained two ex-bankers on Monday for allegedly contributing to VND1.8 trillion (US$80 million) as part of Pham Cong Danh’s notorious case.

The Department of Economic and Corruption Crime Investigation under the Ministry of Public Security announced that it initiated official probe against the 58-year-old Tram Be, former chairman of the credit board of the Sai Gon Thuong Tin Commercial Bank (Sacombank) and the bank’s former CEO Phan Huy Khang.

The two were both accused of deliberate breaches in economic management causing serious consequences, according to Article 165 of the Penal Code.

A July probe into Pham Cong Danh’s case revealed that the former board chairman of the Viet Nam Construction Bank (VNCB) caused a loss of more than VND6 trillion to his bank from making loans with another three banks: Sacombank, Tien Phong (TPBank) and the Viet Nam Investment and Development (BIDV).

According to the investigation, Danh came to visit Be in April, 2013, asking to borrow VND1.8 trillion from Sacombank for his six companies.

Be agreed to lend the amount, demanding that the VNCB’s money deposited at the Sacombank to become the collateral for the loans.

He in person took Danh to meet Khang, ordering the then-CEO to let Danh borrow the money.

The loan documents were signed off by Bê on April 25, 2013, according to the police.

As Danh’s companies later failed to pay off the debts, Sacombank took VND1.8 trillion from the VNCB and another VND35 billion in interest.

The police concluded that Be and another 14 Sacombank employees broke the law by allowing Danh to borrow the money.

The State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV), however, said that the loans did not cause financial losses to the Sacombank, and thus have asked that the group be exempt from criminal charges.

Be resigned from Sacombank deputy board chairmanship in February after prompting by the SBV. — VNS

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