Man to stand trial for swindling nearly half-a-million dollars

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Prosecutors in Hanoi are planning to put a 51-year-old man on trial on charges of cheating nine people out of nearly US$500,000 with faked documents of approval by foreign agencies.


According to the indictment, since June, 2007, Nguyen Thanh Ha, Director of Thanh Ha Ltd. Co., had introduced overseas projects worth millions of dollars to his business partners.


To gain their trust, he forged documents in English with fake seals and signs of agencies like the office of the US president, and US embassies in Hanoi and Nigeria, prosecutors said.


Ha then told his partners that he had overseas capital and would lend them money on condition that they pay loan fees in advance.


Ha was caught signing a loan contract using this trick on March 3, 2009 by the police at a local hotel. He had by then swindled nearly $400,000 and VND1.9 billion ($97,485) from nine people, police said.


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