HCM CITY - Two men have been arrested selling fake meteorites, said an official from Police Office of Criminal Investigation of Social Order of the Binh Chanh District yesterday.
The men were identified as Dang Ngoc Thanh and Tran Van Sinh from Kien Giang Province.
In June 2011, Nguyen Thi Ly, a 47-year old woman from HCM City's District 7, asked Thanh if he could sell her a meteorite.
Thanh and Sinh made the fake meteorite using a small stone painted black and placed in a box.
On Tuesday morning, Thanh met Mrs. Ly at Diem My hotel to see the meteorite and discuss a price.
It is alleged that Thanh lied to Mrs Ly about the authenticity of the rock, and she agreed to buy the supposed meteorite for VND100 billion (US$4,753,755).
After the agreement, Thanh asked her to pay a deposit of VND100 million (US$4,753) which was to be paid at an address in Binh Chanh district.
Having doubts about the meteorite, Mrs. Ly took her friend Mrs Nguyen Thi Kim Anh, to the address to have another look at the rock.
After the meeting, Thanh and Sinh intended to run away but were later apprehended by the police.
At the police agency, they said that they successfully defrauded an acquaintance of Mrs Kim Anh to sell fake meteorites for VND100 billion (US$4,753,755), so they intended to run away when seeing her and Mrs Ly . - VNS