A court in the central province of Nghe An Tuesday sentenced a woman to 18 years in jail and a man to 15 years for impersonating government officials and conning people out of nearly US$410,000 by promising to get them jobs abroad.
Ngo Thu Ly, 32, and her accomplice Giap Van Trung, 37, were convicted of defrauding 48 job seekers between 2011 and 2014, according to media reports.
They used fake documents to convince the victims there were legal job opportunities in South Korea and Canada.
They charged the victims, from Nghe An and provinces in northern Vietnam, $5,000 for jobs in South Korea and $7,000 in Canada.
Farmers in some northern and central provinces do not earn much from agriculture because of regular typhoons and drought, and so many are desperate for a proper overseas job.
Many even pay illegal labor brokers and so it was easy for the duo acting as officials.