Mon. Jun 17th, 2024

Vietnamese Real Estate Mogul Slapped with Death Sentence in Huge Financial Fraud Fallout

Jamie Roberts By Jamie Roberts Jun17,2024
Key Points
  • A court in Vietnam has sentenced restate tycoon Truong My Lan to death after being found guilty of embezzlement.
  • Lan was found guilty of embezzlement, bribery and violations of banking rules.
  • State media has quoted prosecutors as saying Lan had not pleaded guilty.
A court in Vietnam has sentenced real estate tycoon Truong My Lan to death over her role in a 304 trillion dong ($19.10 billion) financial fraud case — the country’s biggest on record.
Her trial, which started on 5 March and ended earlier than planned, was a dramatic result of a campaign against corruption that the leader of the ruling Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, has pledged for years to stamp out.
Lan, the chairwoman of real estate developer Van Thinh Phat Holdings Group, was found guilty of embezzlement, bribery and violations of banking rules at the end of a trial in the business hub of Ho Chi Minh City, state media said.

“We will keep fighting to see what we can do,” a family member told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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Truong My Lan is the chairwoman of real estate developer Van Thinh Phat Holdings Group. Source: AAP / EPA

Before Thursday’s verdict, he had said Lan would appeal against the sentence.

Lan’s lawyers were not immediately available for comment.
It was not clear how Lan had pleaded, although state media has quoted prosecutors as saying she had not pleaded guilty.

The Thanh Nien newspaper said 84 defendants in the case received sentences ranging from probation for three years to life imprisonment.

A security guard waving at the gates of a building.

Truong My Lan is the chair of real estate developer Van Thinh Phat. Source: Getty / Nhac Nguyen/AFP

Lan and her accomplices were accused of siphoning off more than 304 trillion dong from Saigon Joint Stock Commercial Bank (SCB), which she effectively controlled through dozens of proxies, according to investigators.

From early 2018 through to October 2022, when the state bailed out SCB after a run on its deposits, Lan appropriated large sums by arranging unlawful loans to shell companies, investigators said.
Vietnam’s graft crackdown, dubbed “Blazing Furnace”, has seen hundreds of senior state officials and high-profile business executives prosecuted or forced to step down.

After one series of big corporate arrests in 2022, Vietnamese stocks suffered a wipeout of $US40 billion ($61 billion), rattling investor confidence at a delicate moment for the fast-growing economy.

Jamie Roberts

By Jamie Roberts

Jamie is an award-winning investigative journalist with a focus on uncovering corruption and advocating for social justice. With over a decade of experience in the field, Jamie's work has been instrumental in bringing about positive change in various communities.

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2 thoughts on “Vietnamese Real Estate Mogul Slapped with Death Sentence in Huge Financial Fraud Fallout”
  1. I believe that justice must prevail, and in cases of such magnitude involving financial fraud, the strictest penalties are necessary to deter others from committing these crimes. It is essential to uphold the rule of law and hold those accountable for their actions, regardless of their status or position in society. The sentencing of Truong My Lan to death sends a strong message that corruption and embezzlement will not be tolerated in Vietnam.

  2. It’s unfortunate to see such a drastic punishment, but it sends a strong message against corruption. Justice must prevail in cases like these to protect the integrity of the financial system.

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