|The two were accused of illegally trafficking VND18.2 billion (roughly US$840,000) across the Vietnamese border into Cambodia. — Photo baogiaothong
TAY NINH (VNS) — Two Chinese nationals were sentenced to 11 years in jail by the Tay Ninh Province's People's Court on Thursday for illegally trafficking money.
The two were accused of illegally trafficking VND18.2 billion (roughly US$840,000) across the Vietnamese border into Cambodia.
Accused Lui Wei, born in 1987, was the general director of the Tien Phuong Ltd. Co. and was charged as the instigator of the crime and sentenced to six years in prison.
Tan Zheng, born in 1969, was a store keeper at the Tien Phuong Company, and was sentenced to five years in prison for acting as an accomplice.
The court decided that the illicit money recovered would be confiscated and added to the State budget.
According to the prosecutorial evidence presented by the Tay Ninh People's Procuracy, on August 29, 2014, Liu Wei had arrived at a branch of the Chinese Bank in HCM City to withdraw VND18.27 billion from the company's account.
Then, Liu Wei and Tan Zhang had packed the money in brief cases and carton boxes to be transported to Cambodia.
The two accused had decided not to declare the cash at the customs post.
Lui Wei arrived in Cambodia first and then waited for Tan Zhang, who hired a car to drive to Cambodia and brought along VND18.2 billion, which was again not declared at the customs post.
At the Viet Nam-Cambodia Xa Mat International Border Gate, customs officials discovered the money in the car of Tan Zhang. He was arrested and the money was confiscated.
Liu Wei was arrested when he returned to Viet Nam 18 hours later.
At the investigation office, the two accused had admitted to their crime. They also confessed to having smuggled money out of Viet Nam many times before without declaring it at the border customs post. — VNS