Vu Van Dai (2nd, R) and his four accomplices during the trial on September 15, 2015. Photo: Nam Anh
A Hanoi court on Tuesday sentenced five Vietnamese men to jail for opening around 150 bank accounts and helping two Taiwanese men in their fraudulent acts.
The foreign men are still at large.
Vu Van Dai, 24, stood trial along with four other accomplices. He was sentenced to four and a half years, while the others received jail terms ranging from two to four years.
According to the indictment, in April last year, Dai worked as an interpreter for Liu Chang Ming and Tsou Jui Cheng.
The pair hired Dai to open bank accounts using fake IDs.
Dai asked the other four to join his scheme.
Between July and November 2014, the group opened 146 bank accounts. They were paid around VND500 million (US$22,230) by the two Taiwanese men.
According to the indictment, the duo then hired some Vietnamese people to pose as police officers via telephones and tell a number of people that they were being investigated for transnational drug smuggling.
After the victims denied their involvement, the “officers” told them to transfer money to help police investigate and clear them of criminal charges.
In Hanoi, nine victims transferred around VND5.6 billion ($249,000) into their bank accounts.
After the case was exposed, the Taiwanese men fled the city.