The Ministry of Public Security on Wednesday arrested seven suspects in Ho Chi Minh City who were accused of having sold thousands of fake degrees and diplomas since 2014.
The alleged mastermind was Le Tan Cuong, 30, an IT graduate, investigators said.
Initial investigation found the gang advertised to sell forged diplomas on several blogs and forums, claiming that they could make any certificate of any educational institution in Vietnam within an hour, after receiving personal details from the buyer. The documents would be delivered by post after money was transferred.
They rented an apartment in District 9 for the illegal business.
Le Tan Cuong, 30, is the alleged kingpin of the gang. Photo: Ngoc Le
Cuong also hired several people to deliver the diplomas directly to customers in HCMC.
At the police station, Cuong confessed that he bought printing materials and tools in China and forged seals and stamps of relevant agencies.
The gang sold an average of 20 documents a day, including high school, vocational school and university diplomas and degrees and English certificates, for up to VND7 million (US$313) each.
Police are investigating the case.