A court in Nghe An Province on Tuesday sentenced a man to two years in prison after finding him guilty of selling electronic chips to gas stations to help them cheat thousands of customers.
Since 2009 Tran Le Duc, 37, the director of an IT company in the central province, had provided 11 local gas stations with the chips, which could manipulate the meters.
Six other defendants involved in the fraud, including two gas station owners, were handed suspended sentences or cash fines of up to 40 million (US$1,800).
Nine other gas station owners were not charged and only ordered to pay compensation for their fraud, said the court.
Tran Le Duc, 37, stands trial on January 26, 2016 in Nghe An Province. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre.
The stations reportedly installed the chips into their pumps to reduce the amount of gasoline released by up to 10 percent. Each chip cost them between VND500,000 and VND2 million.
Between 2009 and 2013, the stations managed to steal from thousands of customers with the trick.