Hanoi police have arrested two women for posing as corrupt health officials and swindling job seekers out of patronage bribes.
Investigators in the capitol announced the arrests of Le Thi Bich Hanh, 31, and Vuong Thuy Nga, 39, on Thursday.
At the police station, the duo confessed they had hired men to impersonate senior officials and reach out to people seeking jobs at hospitals throughout the city over the phone and through text messages.
They also hired people to impersonate Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Viet Tien and his secretary, and Vu Ba Quyet, director of the National Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The duo also told police they made a fake stamp bearing the insignia of the Ministry of Health had name-tags made for 35 medical worker featuring the names of local hospitals to win the trust of their potential victims.
Investigators found they swindled job-seekers out of more than VND6 billion (US$281,700).
Among their victims was a man, identified only as T. of Ba Dinh District, who gave them 21 job applications and VND3.1 billion (US$145,000) in December, 2013.
After T found that they could not get the jobs as promised, he managed to recover VND1.6 billion from Hanh.
Police are investigating the case further.
In another scam involving culprits posing as corrupt officials, Hanoi police arrested two men who allegedly forged Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's signature in order to cheat distressed investors out of nearly VND100 billion (US$4.7 million).
Police said Tran Ngoc Quyet, 61, and Phan Ngoc Thuc, 43, conducted research on construction and other projects that had run out of funds and then forged documents that helped them pose as officials from the central government’s Project Management Unit.
Thuc and Quyet allegedly assured distressed investors that they could easily grease the their loan applications at state banks.