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Military impostors arrested in capital

Update: June, 21/2018 - 19:00
Four persons falsify the Defence Ministry’s decisions on the establishment of Đông Dương Group to cheat people who want to get jobs in a military company. — Photo cand.com.vn
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Police in Hà Nội on June 21 released the results of a preliminary investigation into a case involving a gang who posed as military officers to con people. 

According to Colonel Nguyễn Anh Tuấn, deputy director of the city’s police department, the investigation began as a result of information sharing between the military security agency, local police and letters of denunciation filed by a number of citizens reporting a group of persons faking the Defence Ministry’s decisions on the establishment of Đông Dương Group.

On April 14 this year, police initiated an investigation into the case, and detained five defendants. 

Hoa Hữu Long (54), Nguyễn Minh Sơn (47), Mac Phúc Hải (54), Cao Thị Kim Loan (Long’s wife, 48) and Phùng Thị Thanh Huệ (40) are all residents of Hà Nội. 

According to the initial investigation, Long and his accomplices used fake documents to convince their targets they worked for the Ministry of Defence as a recruitment firm they named Đông Dương Group, and claimed they would be able to secure their victims a job at the ministry.

The gang netted tens of billions of đồng from around 1,000 job seekers and contractors across the country.

Police coordinated with relevant agencies at the Defence Ministry to confirm that the group was a sham. 

Long, a graduate of the National University of Civil Engineering, had never worked in the arm forces, but claimed to be a major general who held several important positions at the ministry. 

The investigation is ongoing. — VNS

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