Recently, Dong Nai Provincial Police has just completed the investigation of the first phase of a case of smuggling and making fake gasoline, the largest ever in the country and proposed to prosecute Phan Thanh Huu (65 years old, Director of Co., Ltd. Trader Phan Le Hoang Anh); Nguyen Huu Tu (65 years old, from Vinh Long), Dao Ngoc Vien (54 years old, Director of Hai Phong Ocean Company Limited) and 70 accomplices on the crime of smuggling.
Particularly, Ngo Van Thuy, Captain of Team 3, Anti-smuggling and Investigation Department, General Department of Customs was proposed to be prosecuted for taking bribes.
In addition, Phan Thanh Huu and his accomplices were also investigated for the crimes of Producing, trading in counterfeit goods and printing, illegally issuing and selling invoices and receipts for collection and payment to the State budget. However, the investigating agency has not received the results of the solicitation to examine the evidence, so the behavior of Mr. Huu and the people involved was separated at the second stage of the case.
According to the investigation conclusion, Huu and Vien have known each other for a long time, working in the same company. In September 2019, Huu bought 4 Nhat Minh ships 06.07, 08, 09, with the purpose of smuggling gasoline from Singapore to Vietnam.
Police work with “boss” Phan Thanh Huu, accused of leading a fake petrol line. Photo: VH.
At this time, Huu knew that Vien was running Hai Phong Ocean Co., Ltd., specializing in trading and transporting petroleum and had many relationships with a number of individuals in the authorities, so they discussed and agreed to contribute capital. engaged in the act of smuggling gasoline.
After that, Huu, Vien and 3 others contributed 53.4 billion VND to buy gasoline. The parties agree, profits will be divided according to the ratio Huu 40%, Vien and the rest 60%. Vien introduced Huu to contact the shipper in Singapore to negotiate the price and how to receive the goods.
Next, Vien dispatched two specialized ships with a total weight of 8,000 tons parked in the free sea bordering Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. When there is a signal, these ships will enter the port of Vopak (Singapore) to contact the agent to receive the goods.
When this ship finished receiving goods and returned to Vietnam’s waters, Huu directed the staff to take Nhat Minh ships 07, 08, 09 out to receive fuel to be transported to the Hau River area (Binh Minh town, Vinh Long province) and other ships. Khanh Hoa 1, 3 put into North Van Phong port, Khanh Hoa province for consumption.
To make gasoline a light yellow color like the Vietnamese market is consuming, Huu uses pigments and solvents for people to put on the ship to mix it into a light yellow color to resemble domestic gasoline. After that, gasoline is transferred through ships to be sold to big hubs with warehouses. Next, gasoline was transferred through ships Huynh Ngan, Huynh Ngan 2, Son Tien, and Southwest of Tu, and transported to a warehouse at Nam Phong port (Long An).
At this moment Tu transports gasoline to Kien Giang, Vinh Long, An Giang… and sells it to southern regional hubs such as Do Van Ba Pham Van Cuc (HCMC), Nguyen Thi Nhu My (Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai), Bui Ngoc Toan, Le Thi Anh Thu Nguyen Thang Long (Dong Nai)…
Nguyen Huu Tu when he was arrested. Photo: CA.
In addition, at the end of 2020, Vien and Nguyen Minh Duc and Pham Hung Cuong (who are on the run) contributed 19.3 billion VND to buy 2 ships Khanh Hoa 01 and Khanh Hoa 03 to carry smuggled gasoline. Cuong is responsible for contacting the focal point in Singapore, while Duc takes care of gasoline consumption. In addition to Tu, Huu also sold gasoline to Tran Thi Thanh Van (Director of Truc Van Company) to transport to Thuan An City (Binh Duong) for consumption.
After Vien’s Pacific Ocean ship is transported to Khanh Hoa waters, gasoline will be transferred through these two ships to Bac Van Phong port for consumption in Khanh Hoa and the South Central provinces.
When he learned that Huu’s line had been dismantled in Vinh Long, Vien continued to send the ship Khanh Hoa 03 to pump petrol to sell to traders in North Van Phong port. By April 2021, Vien knew that the project was expanding investigation, so he directed to pump the remaining 1.2 million liters of gasoline to the Pacific Ocean ship to pay the shipper in Singapore.
From February to April 2021, groups of Vien, Duc and Cuong smuggled 3 shipments, equivalent to 5.7 million liters, worth nearly 98 billion VND.
According to the investigation results, from March 2020 to February 2021, Huu and Vien and their accomplices transported 48 trips, totaling nearly 200 million liters of smuggled gasoline, worth about 2,800 billion VND. Of which, more than 196 million liters have been consumed, hundreds of billions of dong earned, and more than 105 billion dong for Huu alone.
On February 6, 2021, Dong Nai Public Security coordinated with the Criminal Police Department (Ministry of Public Security) to mobilize more than 500 policemen, divided into many noses, to suddenly crash into a floating dock in the middle of the Hau River, catching many people red-handed. to extract fake gasoline. At the same time, 13 other locations in Dong Nai, Ho Chi Minh City, Long An, Ba Ria – Vung Tau… were also raided by the police to check and arrest the people involved.
According to the conclusion of the investigation, when receiving information about the forces of the Anti-Smuggling and Investigation Department, the General Department of Customs is deploying to arrest the ships smuggling gasoline, Huu and his juniors repeatedly tried to approach and meet Ngo. Van Thuy, Team Leader 3, Anti-Smuggling Investigation Department for help. Accordingly, Thuy received from Huu group 10,000 USD, 500 million VND and 1 ATM card with a balance of 100 million VND in the account.
The investigating agency also determined that, in addition to bribing Ngo Van Thuy, Huu and Tu also paid bribes to a number of individuals who were soldiers in the Coast Guard and Border Guard. The Dong Nai Provincial Police Investigation Agency has transferred documents and evidences to the Criminal Investigation Agency, the Ministry of National Defense for investigation and handling according to its competence.
This is a case that the Central Steering Committee for Anti-corruption, negatively, put the case under surveillance and direction.