​Former Vietnamese banker misappropriating customer’s savings hunted worldwide

A former senior official of a Vietnamese bank has been internationally wanted by Vietnam’s police after he stole all the money in a customer’s accounts and fled to a foreign country. Police identified the man as Le Nguyen Hung, 47, former vice director at the Ho Chi Minh City-based branch of the Vietnam Export Import Commercial Joint-stock Bank, otherwise known as Vietnam Eximbank. Hung has been prosecuted and internationally wanted by Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security for fraud aimed at appropriating other people’s property, police said on Saturday. The ministry said the man had left Vietnam after expropriating VND245 billion ($10.79 million) worth of savings from Chu Thi Binh, a VIP-type customer at the branch. Between 2014 and 2016, capitalizing on the granted authority of dealing with savings, Hung produced fake documents and forged Binh’s signature in order to withdraw money from her multiple bank accounts at different time points. At the end of 2017, suspecting fraudulence, the customer found that VND245 billion had vanished from her accounts. She discussed the incident with Eximbank’s general director and reported it to the investigative agency of the Ministry of Public Security. The bank said that based on the conclusion of the police, it and Binh will cooperate to bring the case to court as soon as possible in conformity with the law; and the lender will immediately reimburse the lost amount subsequent to the court’s ruling. However, Binh does not agree to resort to court for settlement, demanding that Eximbank promptly pay… [Read full story]

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