|The Tây Ninh People’s Court has sentenced two people in prison for cheating 41 victims of around VNĐ12 billion (US$533,300). - Photo baomoi.com
TÂY NINH — The People’s Court of the southern province of Tây Ninh has sentenced two people in prison for cheating 41 people of around VNĐ12 billion (US$533,300).
Nguyễn Thị Thùy Trang, 30, from Bến Cầu District was sentenced to 20 years in prison, while Huỳnh Thị Ngọc Phương, 22, from Hòa Thành District received eight years.
The court has ordered them to return all the victims’ money.
As per the indictment, in June 2015, Trang began to live and work in Malaysia, where she met Đồng Thị Thu Giang, 36, who hailed from Hải Phòng City, and some of her foreign friends.
Together, they had created accounts on social network sites with false personal information picked up from foreign nationals living in different countries, to trick Vietnamese women.
Giang invited Trang to join the group, and she agreed. As per the deal, she would get 10 per cent of the total money they made.
In July 2016, Giang asked Trang to open four accounts in different banks in Việt Nam to receive money from their victims. Trang also asked Phương and another person to open more bank accounts.
The group provided an application form on their website and required customers to reveal their personal information to receive a ‘bonus’.
The ‘bonuses’ offering included motorbikes, jewellery or cash. The cheaters asked customers to pay tax for their bonuses by tranferring money into the group’s accounts.
Investigations revealed that from August 2015 to February 2016, Trang and Phương appropriated VNĐ12 billion by cheating 41 people using dozens of bank accounts.
The police are continuing with their probe to determine Giang’s role and crime. — VNS