Vietnam police bust ring forging diplomas, arrest 4

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Police in the central city of Da Nang have arrested four people after busting a ring that allegedly faked diplomas and academic transcripts.

Dang Tuan Anh, 56, Nguyen Xuan Hoang, 54, Nguyen Hang Minh, 34, and Tran Ngoc Anh, 60, were taken into custody for three months Wednesday for faking the seals and documents of official agencies, according to the police.

Senior Lieutenant-colonel Mai Chien Thang, deputy chief of the city police, said the ring, the largest ever broken up in Da Nang, was led by Ngoc Anh and had been operating since 2000.

They sold fake documents to job seekers for VND5-10 million (US$240-480), he said.

On December 1 the police caught Tuan Anh and Hoang red-handed handing over fake diplomas at a café.

Questioning them led police to Minh and Ngoc Anh.

They said they found nearly 1,000 copies of diplomas and academic transcripts of universities, colleges, high schools, and vocational schools in the suspects' houses.

They also confiscated 20 fake seals of various schools as well as those of their presidents and leaders of local people's committees among others.

The police started investigating the ring on October 21 following a tipoff about fake diplomas purportedly issued by Duy Tan University.

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In October and November police in Lien Chieu District smashed two other rings forging diplomas, including degree certificates, issued by Phuong Dong College, and arrested seven people.

Also in October police apprehended two others for faking 11 land deeds to cheat people out of money.

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