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Dec 04, 2019 / 10:38

Hanoi affirms public services remain smooth after provider’s scandal

Hanoi affirms it will cooperate with the police in the investigations of Nhat Cuong Software which is accused of smuggling, tax fraud, and money laundering.

Hanoi’s Party Chief Hoang Trung Hai has affirmed that all the city's public services, including those provided by scandal-hit Nhat Cuong Software, are running commonly.

Hanoi’s Party chief Hoang Trung Hai. Photo: Lao Dong 

The municipal party chief made the statement amid rising concerns about the insecurity of the city’s citizen-management database after the service provider Nhat Cuong Software was investigated by the police in May.

The city has admin force to ensure the smooth and stable operations of software specializing in public services, Hai said at a meeting of the Hanoi People's Council on December 3.

The city's Party chief added that the city will cooperate with the police in the investigations.

Since 2012, Nhat Cuong Software was awarded to build the database for 7.9 million of citizens in Hanoi, supplying 126 public services, including software for online lodging, online passport processing, and criminal management.

The company also provided public services for the Hanoi People’s Committee, the Department of Education and Training, the Department of Industry and Trade, and the Department of Justice.

On May 14, the police investigated Nhat Cuong for alleged smuggling, tax fraud, and money laundering. The police probed nine involvers, including the company’s CEO Bui Quang Huy who is under international wanted notice.

On November 18, at a meeting of the Central Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption, State President Nguyen Phu Trong asked related agencies to add Nhat Cuong case to the list of cases under the committee’s supervision.

On November 28, police arrested three people involving in the case who are Nguyen Tien Hoc, former deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Planning and Investment (DPI), Pham Thi Kim Tuyen, head of DPI’s Business Registration Division, and Le Duy Tuan, business manager of Dong Kinh Investment and Development Co., Ltd.

The trio was probed for alleged “violating regulations on bidding that causes serious losses” under the Penal Code 2015.