A court in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday sentenced two Malaysian women to 11 and 24 months in jail for using fake credit cards to buy luxury goods and pay for their hotel rooms, local media reported.
Wong Siew Wah and Cheng Pui Sing were arrested on September 17 last year. Cheng received the longer term.
Wah was released Tuesday after the trial because she had been detained long enough.
The 20-year-old women visited the country on the morning of September 17, said the indictment.
Sing used a credit card to pay a hotel in District 1 nearly VND5 million (US$220). Local police and bank officials suspected the card was fake.
Searching the two women’s luggage, police discovered 19 credit cards in Sing’s handbag and 13 ones in Wah’s. All the cards were fake, authorities later found.
A bottle of Louis XIII cognac, which was worth more than VND100 million ($4,450), was also bought earlier by the two women.
They told police that a Malaysian couple had asked them to use the fake cards to Vietnam to buy luxury products and bring them back to Malaysia for an 8 percent commission.