4 held for forging college certificates in central Vietnam

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Police in the central city of Da Nang said Sunday they have taken in four people for allegedly forging foreign language and computing training certificates.

They included the mastermind Pham Trong Truong, 23, who had 29 fake certificates at home.

On October 13 they had seized 36 fake certificates, purportedly issued by a local college, from a photocopy shop.

The shop owner Pham Ngoc Thach, 22, said he printed them for Nguyen Van Viet, 27, for VND7,500 (US$0.36) apiece, and Viet said he worked for Truong.

Viet reportedly used his knowledge as a former student of Eastern Quang Nam College to help forge the certificates.

The certificates also had fake stamps of the city Education and Training Department.

Nguyen Xuan Sy, 23, the delivery man, received a commission of VND80,000 ($3.84) per certificate out of VND260,000 ($12.50) he charged customers.

He was caught with eight certificates.

All four people involved in the racket are from central provinces, as were their customers.

They will be held for four months on a charge of "forging documents and seals of organizations and offices," which carries a cash fine of VND5-50 million (US$240-2,400) or a jail term of six months to three years.

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