|Thành (left) and Minh (right) are sentenced to prison for cheating labourers of their money. — Photo congly.vn |Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The Hà Nội People’s Court on Thursday sentenced two men to jail for cheating labourers of over VNĐ4 billion (US$180,000) with promises of finding them jobs abroad.
Vũ Xuân Thành, 30, a resident of Hoàng Mai District’s Hoàng Văn Thụ Ward in Hà Nội, was handed a 20-year sentence, while Lý Văn Minh, 28, a resident of Thiệu Hóa District’s Thiệu Hợp Commune in Thanh Hóa Province, will spend four years in jail.
As per the indictment, in 2010, Petro Vietnam Machinery-Technology Joint Stock Company (PVMachino) set up an overseas manpower supply and services centre, PVManning, whose main job was to send labourers abroad. In 2013, PVManning opened a labourer training centre in Hà Nội’s Văn Khê new urban area. The centre, however, was not registered so it did not have its own account or stamp. Thành was invited to work at the centre and his job was to find and introduce local labourers to the centre so that they could enrol in its vocational training and foreign language courses.
In May 2014, PVManning’s officials instructed the Văn Khê labourer training centre to stop all activities after figuring out that it was violating rules. However, Thành and Minh continued to approach labourers as Văn Khê centre officials who could help them find jobs abroad.
From May 2014 to May 2015, Thành collected VNĐ3.7 billion from 32 labourers. He would issue receipts himself and also get money from labourers via brokers. From April 2014 to July 2016, Minh collected VNĐ380 million from five labourers whom he promised jobs abroad.
At the trial, Minh returned VNĐ320 million to the victims he had defrauded. — VNS