South Korean police on Tuesday arrested eight Vietnamese women suspected to be members of a gang that swindled around US$190,000 from Vietnamese who wanted to work in South Korea, Vietnam News Agency reported.
The police in Changnyeong County, South Gyeongsang Province, said one of the eight women, who is married to a South Korean and has become a South Korean citizen, is the ringleader.
In June of last year, the 37-year-old woman advertised on some social network pages that her company, which does not exist, can send Vietnamese workers legally to South Korea, with working visas.
The company charged each Vietnamese a fee of VND100-180 million ($4,583-8,249).
A 27-year-old woman acted as a middle-person and the six others looked for job seekers who wanted to work in South Korea.
Police said the gang swindled a total 210 million won ($189,403) from 143 Vietnamese, but never helped them find jobs.
Some of the victims lodged complaints with local police.