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Two Chinese men sent to jail for ATM theft

Update: December, 05/2016 - 09:12
Zhong Dong Ming, 28, from Hunan Province, received a 42-month sentence, and Hu Li Guo, 36, from Guangxi Province, will spend 30 months behind the bar. — Photo vov.vn

HÀ NỘI — The Hà Nội People’s Court on Friday handed down prison sentences to two Chinese nationals for “using computer, telecommunication and internet networks to appropriate property”.

Zhong Dong Ming, 28, from Hunan Province, received a 42-month sentence, and Hu Li Guo, 36, from Guangxi Province, will spend 30 months behind the bar.

According to the indictment, in October 2015, Zhong Dong Ming made friends with Lao Hei, who is also a Chinese national. In April 2016, Lao Hei met Zhong Dong Ming in Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, and gave him a package containing an Asus laptop, a bank card reader, three San Disk Ultra memory cards, three cameras, 173 ATM-like cards, and other tools.

Lao Hei asked Zhong Dong Ming to use the cards to withdraw money in Việt Nam. Zhong Dong Ming then asked Hu Li Guo to go with him.

The two men arrived in Việt Nam on April 17, 2016. On phone instructions by Lao Hei, Zhong Dong Ming chose nine of the cards and withdrew money at ATM machines of the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) on Láng Hạ Street in Hà Nội.

The two successfully conducted 33 transactions worth VNĐ64.4 million (US$2,833) before being caught red handed by Vietnamese police while attempting to conduct additional transactions. — VNS

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