Thai, Vietnamese sentenced for gasoline trafficking

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A Thai national and his Vietnamese wife received jail terms Monday for trafficking gasoline from Thailand through Vietnam's southwestern waters, news website VnExpress said Wednesday.

The People's Court of Kien Giang Province sentenced Thaveepol Som Chai to nine years in jail, and his wife Ngo Thi Linh Phuong from the southern coastal province, to six years.

Over less than six months in 2010, the couple trafficked an amount of gas worth VND80 billion (US$3.84 million) in total.

According to investigations, the couple met a man in Cambodia in May 2010 who asked them to buy gasoline in Thailand and resell it in Vietnam for profit.

The couple profited VND500-1,500 a liter from the 5,000-40,000 liters they sold to fishing boats per day, depending on the season.

Chai came to Vietnam in 2002 and lived with Phuong as husband and wife. They first made a living installing freezing systems on fishing boats.

But their lifestyle changed once they began the gasoline business, with long-day vacations in cars and dinners at luxury restaurants, which caught the attention of local police.

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