Twenty-six people in the southern province of Dong Nai were sentenced on Friday to a total of 112 years in prison for stealing scooters and forging motorbike registration papers for sale.
Le Van Nam, 48, the ring leader, received the highest punishment. He will be put behind bars for 14 years and nine months, according to a decision made by the Nhon Trach District People's Court.
His subordinate, Pham Tan Loi, will serve six years in prison.
Both are Ho Chi Minh City residents.
The other 24 defendants will serve terms of between five years and a year and four months.
According to the verdict, since 2005, Nam and Loi had bought stolen scooters and made 657 counterfeit motorbike registration papers and identification cards, along with 500 fake number plates before selling the vehicles in Vietnam and Cambodia or pawning them.
In related news, Ho Chi Minh City police on Friday busted a major stolen motorbike-trading ring including 28 people.
Initial investigations show that the gang had been stealing costly scooters including the SH, Dylan, and Air Blade brands from many southern provinces and cities like Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Ba Ria Vung Tau, Long An, and Can Tho for a long time.
The police said the ring had sold more than 1,000 stolen motorbikes, adding that they had confiscated 120 scooters from the gang.