Quan was arrested last November pending investigations into some tender violations that occurred at the hospital.
His accomplices, including his wife Nguyen Tran Ngoc Diem, Nguyen Van Loi and other former Thu Duc Hospital officials, are also expected to stand trial, which is scheduled to take place at the HCMC People’s Court from November 29 to December. 1.
Nguyen Minh Quan (left), former director of HCMC Thu Duc Hospital, and Nguyen Van Loi, his accomplice in hospital auction violations. Photo courtesy of HCMC Police
Quan and his accomplices were accused of committing acts violating tender laws when purchasing medical supplies and equipment at Thu Duc Hospital between 2016 and 2020, causing serious losses to the state budget, according to the survey.
Over a four-year period, Quan appointed Loi companies, established based on Quan’s orders, to win 27 tenders and paid a total of VND345 billion ($14.2 million) to the companies of law. This figure was between 30 and 50 percent higher than the actual cumulative price of medical supplies and equipment sold by Loi’s companies to Thu Duc Hospital.
Quan’s accomplices were accused of knowing about his violations but failing to report them.
Loi then transferred VND103 billion, the difference between the actual cumulative price and the amount Thu Duc Hospital paid him, Quan and his wife. This money was then spent on Quan and his wife’s personal needs, including the purchase of recreational real estate properties in the coastal city of Nha Trang, real estate properties in HCMC, and automobiles.
Some of these assets were then sold for cash to bribe police officers investigating tender violations at the hospital, Quan said.
Quan had escaped corruption charges despite paying $3.7 million to two anti-corruption officials to escape charges of tender violations because he reported the matter to the police before being discovered.
The two former officers were sentenced to six and nine years in prison during a trial in Hanoi in September last year.