|Ilustration image. Initial investigations show that the group used ATM accounts to swindle people via phones. — Photo tintuc.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — HCM City Police's investigation section on Sunday recommended to the municipal People's Procuracy the prosecution of four Vietnamese and four Taiwanese persons for allegedly swindling people via phones.
If the police recommendation is approved, Chen Yen Hao (42), Liu Ming Chieh (38), Yang Ti An (40) and Chung Ming Shih (47) and their Vietnamese accomplices -- Cao Trung Nghia (60), a resident in Ben Tre Province), and Tran Thi Ngoc Hien (23), Vo Van Sang (43) and Nguyen Hong Son (33), all from HCM City -- will be brought to court for "having appropriated other persons' property through fraudulent tricks".
The police also proposed to prosecute another HCM City resident Nguyen Van Dieu for "having consuming property acquired through the commission of crime by other persons".
According to Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon), initial investigations indicated Taiwanese national Chen Yen Hao collected 42 ATM cards from Nghia and gave them to a phone-based fraudulent network organised by some Taiwanese persons. Son and Dieu also supplied three and five ATM accounts, respectively, to the network through a person named Phong. Using these ATM cards, the gang members contacted landline numbers in HCM City, posing as Ha Noi Police to threaten the phone subscribers with investigation of alleged money-laundering activities. They asked their victims to transfer money to the said accounts to see whether their money was linked to the crimes.
After the victims transferred money into the accounts provided by Chen, Son and Dieu, the criminal network withdrew the money via ATMs or transferred it to other accounts.
Using the same tactics, the criminals stole more than VND7.1 billion (US$325,000) between March 27 and April 28, 2014. The city's investigation police detected the case and confiscated more than VND1.6 billion from the accounts.
Chung Ming Shih and Tran Thi Ngoc Hien told the police that they knew the money was fraudulently acquired but still used the ATM cards to withdraw VND2.2 billion, because Chen had promised to share three per cent of the total amount with them. Liu Ming Chieh received the money from Chen Yen Hoa and transferred to Taiwan. Yang Ti An was caught in the act by the local police, who posed as staff of the People's Procuracy to directly cheat a victim of VND200 million.
Even though he knew that the ATM accounts he provided were used for committing fraud, Dieu did not report it to the authorities, but withdrew nearly VND130 million for his personal expenses. — VNS