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Police inspect major mobile phone seller in Hanoi

Friday, May 10, 2019, 15:56 GMT+7
Police inspect major mobile phone seller in Hanoi
Police officers inspect a Nhat Cuong Mobile store in Hanoi on May 9, 2019. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre

Police officers on Thursday carried out a comprehensive inspection of a major mobile phone dealer in Hanoi, forcing its outlets to suspend business altogether.

Anti-smuggling officers under the Ministry of Public Security, in coordination with the municipal Department of Police, examined multiple stores of Nhat Cuong Mobile from Thursday morning through to that night.

It was not until 10:30 pm when a motorcade carrying police officers and others who appeared to be members of the Nhat Cuong Mobile management team left the firm’s headquarters on Tran Phu Street in Ba Dinh District.

Officers examine an outlet on Ly Quoc Su Street.

Officers examine a Nhat Cuong Mobile store on Ly Quoc Su Street, Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Officers had confiscated goods from Nhat Cuong outlets on Ly Quoc Su Street and Giang Vo Street in previous inspections.

Other stores on Chua Boc, Xuan Thuy, Lang Ha, and Giang Vo Streets were also shuttered on Thursday.

Authorities were spotted on Thursday at the Westlake Building on Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Tay Ho District, where an official of Nhat Cuong resides, but no information was given on the exact reason for the visit.

A Nhat Cuong store on Chua Boc Street is closed on May 9, 2019

A Nhat Cuong Mobile store on Chua Boc Street, Hanoi was closed on May 9, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Since 2001, Nhat Cuong Mobile has opened nine mobile phone retail stores on major streets in the capital.

It also operates the largest warranty center in northern Vietnam, and an ERP (enterprise resources planning) center in Ho Chi Minh City. 

The firm was previously certified as an Apple authorized service provider.

Officers leaving the headquarters of Nhat Cuong Mobile on Tran Phu Street on the night of May 9, 2019

Officers leave the headquarters of Nhat Cuong Mobile on Tran Phu Street, Hanoi on the night of May 9, 2019.

Documents of the municipal Department of Planning and Investment show that the company specializes in electronic and telecommunications equipment and components, mobile phone manufacturing, pawn services, and flight ticket sales.

Following the inspection, the official websites and Facebook page of Nhat Cuong Mobile appeared to be taken offline.

A vehicle carrying people believed to be members of Nhat Cuong Mobile leaves the company’s headquarters.  

A vehicle carrying people believed to be members of Nhat Cuong Mobile leaves the company’s headquarters.  

Nhat Cuong Mobile has a subsidiary named Nhat Cuong Software Solutions, which specializes in information technology, enterprise management software, network solutions and system integration.

According to Nhat Cuong Software Solutions’ website, which is still accessible, the company has provided such IT products for Hanoi as a residential database, online passport software, three-level online public service solutions, health record management, crime management software, and others.

It also offers comprehensive enterprise management software systems and electronic office applications for businesses.

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