|Trần Thị Hoa and her husband Quách Ngân Giang receive strict sentence for making fake imported liquor. — Photo vov.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The Hà Nội People’s Court on Wednesday sentenced a couple from Ba Vì District’s Cam Thượng Commune to jail for production of fake imported liquor.
Trần Thị Hoa, 38, and her husband Quách Ngân Giang, 38, were sentenced to 49 months and 24 months of imprisonment, respectively.
As per the verdict, Hoa and Giang rented a house in June 2015 to make fake liquor. Hoa would buy empty bottles and boxes of imported liquor such as Chivas 12, Chivas 18 and Chivas 21 from scrap dealers. She would also purchase locally made liquor from Laos at the rate of VNĐ300,000 (US$13) a bucket. Her husband would then wash and clean the empty bottles of imported liquor and fill the Laos alcohol in them. They would then relabel the bottles with the Chivas trademark.
Hoa would then sell the bottles to different shops claiming that she had received it as a gift but did not have any use for it.
In their confession, the couple told the police that making a fake bottle of liquor would cost them VNĐ120,000 ($5), and that they would sell each bottle for between VNĐ280,000 and VNĐ750,000 ($12 to $33).
Hoa was caught red-handed on September 3, 2015, while she was transporting 48 bottles of fake imported liquor. — VNS