A 33-year-old Ukrainian man was sentenced to five years' imprisonment by a Ho Chi Minh City court on Friday for using fake credit cards to withdraw more than US$17,000 from ATMs in the city.
Bilokonov Vitalii was convicted of using digital equipment to appropriate property, a crime that is subjected to jail terms of up to 20 years.
At the trial, Vitalii confessed he entered Vietnam in late 2013 under a tourist visa.
After arriving at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, he moved to Ho Chi Minh City and rented a room at a hotel on Bui Thi Xuan Street.
On January 3, 2013, Vitalii was arrested red-handed using fake credit cards to withdraw money at an ATM booth on Vo Van Tan Street.
Subsequent raid of his room led to the seizure of more than 110 fake credit cards and more than VND340 million.
Investigators found Vitalii managed to withdraw nearly VND370 million on 60 occasions.
Vitalii said he bought the cards from some compatriot abroad for $5,000 in total.