Phan Van Anh Vu (also known as Vu Nhom) (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Investigation Police Agency under the Ministry of Public Security has begun criminal proceedings against Hoang Huu Chau for “swindling to appropriate assets” in the case relating to Phan Van Anh Vu (also known as Vu Nhom).

Chau, born in 1963 and residing in ward 11, Phu Nhuan district, Ho Chi Minh City, was prosecuted and put into temporary detention on August 24 in line with Article 174 of the 2015 Penal Code, the Ministry of Public Security said on August 27.

He was accused of misappropriating hundreds of thousands of US dollars from Phan Van Anh Vu by promising to help him and his relatives get US passports.

The agency is expanding the probe to clarify crimes committed by Chau and other individuals.

On April 17, seven other persons were temporarily detained for their alleged involvement in the case.

Phan Van Anh Vu, born in 1975 and residing in Hai Chau district, Da Nang city, was charged with “deliberately disclosing state secrets,” “tax evasion”, “abusing position and power while performing duties,” and “violating regulations on management and use of State assets, causing loss and wastefulness”.

On July 30, the Hanoi People’s Court sentenced Vu nine years in prison for “deliberately disclosing state secrets” under Article 337 of the 2015 Penal Code.-VNA