A Malaysian man was sentenced to five years in jail by a Ho Chi Minh City court Friday for using fake credit cards and a fake passport.
Teoh Kok Chuan, 32, had brought eight of the cards with him when he entered Vietnam as a tourist in August last year.
He used the credit cards successfully three times on August 29 and 30 last year to buy luxury bags valued at VND33 million (US$1,583), but the fraud was discovered the fourth time he used the cards and he was arrested.
Chuan said the cards were given to him to withdraw money for a man in Malaysia named A Ken, who provided the cards and promised to give Chuan a 10 percent commission on all withdrawals.
But during the first and only time he attempted to withdraw $2,500 from a Vietcombank branch in the city, he got paranoid and disappeared, leaving a card and the money.
The court also fined Chuan VND15 million ($720) for using forged papers, and ordered him to return the stolen money to the state.
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