Two Nigerian men being escorted out of a courtroom in Ho Chi Minh City on June 26. Photo: Le Nga
A Ho Chi Minh City court sent two Nigerian men to prison on Thursday for hacking a company's email server to commit fraud.
Cletus Chimaobi Hillary (Chima), 36, and Oknkwo Mathias Ugochukwu (Ugo), 32, received 14 and 12 years, respectively, for misappropriating funds.
According to the indictment, in September 2012, the Hoa Sen Group in Binh Duong Province signed a US$150,000 contract with a Malaysian company.
The Malaysian partner agreed to pay Hoa Sen a $30,000 advance.
A man known only as Cris (who remains at large) and the two aforementioned convicts hacked Hoa Sen's email account and stole information about the contract.
Cris asked Chima and Ugo to find a Vietnamese national with a bank account; the pair recruited Duong Anh Nhung.
Then the fugitive mastermind created an email account similar to Hoa Sen's.
Posing as a representative of the firm, he asked the Malaysian company to transfer roughly $115,000 into Nhung's account.
Hoa Sen discovered the fraudulent email and notified the police in early November 2012.
On November 26, 2012, police arrested Ugo and Nhung while they were withdrawing money at Dong A Bank in District 8.
Chima was arrested soon afterwards.
Police also found bank transfer receipts in Chima’s emails which demonstrated that he had perpetrated the scheme before at other firms.
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