A Ho Chi Minh City court sentenced a man to 16 years in jail
on Monday for cheating two people out of more than US$48,000 by pretending to be a former assistant from the Ministry of Police Security.
Ha Quoc Dung, 36, had claimed to be a former personal assistant of the head of the General Security Department from the ministry, offering to help two people avoid forgery and gambling penalties at a price, news website VietNamNet reported.
The two people cheated were Nguyen Minh Tuan, director of a local tourism company, who was investigated for forgery, and Tran Van Trung, who was detained for gambling.
Dung was exposed to the police by Tran Thi Kim Thu, Trung's sister, who in October last year paid Dung $30,000 as part of the $50,000 he demanded.
Judges at the hearings ordered that all the money Dung received from Tuan and Thu be put into the state budget.