3 Russians charged in Vietnam for credit card fraud

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From left: Aleksei Troian, Viacheslav Kotets, Yury Bondarenko. Photo provided by the police From left: Aleksei Troian, Viacheslav Kotets, Yury Bondarenko. Photo provided by the police

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Prosecutors Monday filed charges against three Russian nationals who allegedly used fake credit cards to withdraw nearly VND300 million (US$13,500) last year.
Aleksei Troian, 32, Viacheslav Kotets, 43, Yury Bondarenko, 29, were charged with misappropriation of property using digital devices, and could get up to 15 years' imprisonment, according to Cong Ly, a news website belonging to the Supreme Court.
Troian was also charged with trying to escape from jail, the report quoted the Khanh Hoa Province prosecutor's office as saying.
According to the indictment, Troian was arrested on October 27 last year while withdrawing money using a fake card at an ATM in the central resort town of Nha Trang. Kotets and Bondarenko were arrested later.
Investigators found the three men had arrived in Vietnam in October last year on tourist visas.
They had used fake cards to withdraw nearly VND250 million from BIDV Bank and Techcombank ATMs in Nha Trang between October 24 and 27 and more than VND44 million from ATMs in Ho Chi Minh City a few days earlier.
In the trio's hotel rooms, the police found 278 credit cards, VND247 million in dong, a large amount of cash in other currencies, a card reader and a laptop computer.
While in detention in Nha Trang, Troian attempted to escape by using a plastic stick and spoon and two toothbrushes to dig a hole in his cell wall last February.
He managed to get out of his cell but was caught before he could break out of the detention center.

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