|Lê Minh Tiến (left) and his accomplice, Nguyễn Thanh Tùng. Tiến has been detained for property appropriation. — Photo dantri.com.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội police have detained deputy chairman of the Việt Nam Agricultural Economic Science and Rural Development Association Lê Minh Tiến for property appropriation.
Tiến confessed that he had found an empty plot on Võ Chí Công Street in Hà Nội’s Tây Hồ District and set up a virtual project to build an apartment building for the association.
To legitimise the paperwork, Tiến used the association’s seal to license the Việt Nam DAV JSC that he established to carry out the project.
After completing the procedures, he tricked a real estate businesswoman who agreed to transfer him VNĐ5 billion (over US$217,300) in advance for the project.
He also tricked her into spending VNĐ2 billion on another fake apartment project on Hoàng Minh Giám Street in Cầu Giấy District.
He has since returned VNĐ5 billion to the victim. — VNS