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Vietnamese Transport Official Bet $1.53 Million in 2005

21 August 2006

VIETNAM – As reported by Thanh Nien Daily: "Police have completed their probe into a multi-million dollar gambling case and concluded the director of a state road-building agency bet away US$1.53 million on football via three bookmakers in 2005.

"The public security ministry, a central police agency, said Bui Tien Dung – former director of the transport ministry's Project Management Unit No 18 or PMU18 had placed 30 bets totaling $500,000 via Nguyen Quang Hung, a policeman-turned-bookie.

"Dung also gambled 10 times amounting to $1 million through Nguyen Van Hong, who used to be the director of a joint stock real estate company in Hanoi.

"…Dung's highest bet was $286,000.

"Of the $1.53 million in wagers, Dung claims he won $430,000 and lost $450,000.

"He confessed to using gifted money and a house mortgage in his gambling…"

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