Police in the southern Vietnamese city of Can Tho have arrested a former prosecutor who had allegedly forged a government payment order to show to businesses and con them out of hundreds of millions of dong.
Tong Van Binh, 33, who used to work at the An Giang Province People's Procuracy before being promoted as a prosecutor based in Cho Moi District in the same province, was arrested at a hotel in the Mekong Delta city, police said Wednesday.
He forged a note purportedly signed by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung ordering the Ministry of Finance, the State Bank of Vietnam, and the Government Office to pay him more than VND6 trillion (US$287.7 million).
Since November Binh had dressed flashily and driven expensive cars to call on business executives in the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City, the police said.
He would show them the fake note to claim he would be the recipient of the huge sum of money, and promise them loans at low interest rates if they deposited money with him.
According to the police's preliminary findings, a HCMC-based company had paid him VND400 million ($19,000) and a business executive in Can Tho, VND40 million.
They said without elaborating that he had been dismissed from his job last September.
They are continuing investigations.