30-month jail term upheld in tax fraud case

The Court of Appeals of the Supreme People’s Court in Hanoi confirmed a 30-month jail sentence for Le Quoc Quan for tax evasion pursuant to Clause 3, Article 161 of the Criminal Code at a trial on February 18.

According to the indictment, Quan, 43, born in the central province of Nghe An, set up Vietnam Solution Co. Ltd in April 2001 with its headquarters in Cau Giay district, Hanoi. 

Under its business registration, the company operated in a range of activities including investment consultancy, labour and vocational training services, electrical engineering, consultancy and technology transfer in agricultural and rural development. The company changed its business registration certificate 13 times, with the last adding data updating, searching, storing and processing to its portfolio. 

During the operation of the company, Quan, as the company’s director, instructed his accountant Pham Thi Phuong to make fake contracts and buying bogus added-value tax invoices in order to evade corporate income tax. 

After the open hearing, the board of judges decided to refute Quan’s appeal and confirmed the 30-month sentence handed down in the first trial on October 2, 2013. 

The court also declared that Quan’s company must pay back corporate income tax amounting to VND645 million (US$30,700) it evaded during 2010-2011. It was also fined more than VND1.29 billion (US$614,280).

VNA/VOV online