32 years on, man gets second life term for fraud in southern Vietnam

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A man sentenced to life for fraud 32 years ago and released under an amnesty program had his second life sentence upheld at an appeals court in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday.

Nguyen Anh Dung, 53, failed to have his sentence reduced with the judges maintaining that his crime deserved the life sentence handed down to him at the first trial this time around. His previous record was another factor, the judges said.

According to the indictment, in June 2009, Dung asked many acquaintances, including some bank employees, to help him make fake account books.

He gave the books to the director of a tourist area and the director of a jewelry company as security for loans from them.

The man was convicted of cheating the businessmen out of VND11 billion (US$527,000) in total.

Dung's earlier life sentence was awarded in 1980, but he was released in 2005 under an amnesty program.

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