A man and a
woman on Saturday were sentenced to life for cheating another woman out of over
VND218 billion (US$11.5 million) in the central highlands of Gia Lai, a local
Tho, 40, and Pham Thi En, 42, enticed Phan Thi Hong in the provincial capital of
Pleiku to lend them the money for investment into major projects from March,
2007 to June, 2008, according to the prosecutors.
mobilized the money from more than 60 others, it noted.
Tho and En
were put under investigation when Hong alarmed police in July, 2008. But Tho
wasn't taken into custody until last month.
Kieu Trinh, Tho's girlfriend, was also sent to prison for 14 years for
involvement in the crime.
defendants were asked to pay Hong nearly VND74 billion in total compensation.