Vietnamese fraudster extradited home from US

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 Huynh Van Nga (L) and his wife Ho Thi Ngoc Nga have been extradited from the US to Vietnam as suspects in a massive fraud / PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOI TRE

The US Department of Homeland Security's investigators have handed over to Vietnamese police a woman wanted for allegedly cheating local businesses out of nearly VND110 billion (US$5.2 million).

Ho Thi Ngoc Nga, 49, was given to the Ministry of Public Security's General Department for Crime Prevention at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday night, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported Thursday.

Nga's husband, Huynh Van Nga, 47, was also extradited to Vietnam from the US on July 9.

The newspaper quoted police findings as saying that between 2009 and 2010, the married couple, then the director and vice director of Thien Son Phu Trade and Manufacturing Ltd., Co. in HCMC, signed steel and iron contracts with several businesses.

They received money from their partners, but either did not deliver goods as promised or the deliveries were delayed.

Claiming that their brother-in-law was a former board chairman of a big bank in HCMC, they also borrowed money from other businesses and people.

The deception allowed them to pocket nearly VND110 billion.

On August 20, 2010, Nga, the husband, flew to the US and married an American national in Georgia in December that same year.

According to police, before fleeing Vietnam, Nga managed to have a fake divorce certification issued by Mo Cay District People's Court in the Mekong Delta Province of Ben Tre on March 4, 2009.

Nguyen Hong Dan, head of the court, said the court never handled a divorce between the couple, adding that the certification was signed by a judge named Nguyen Van Kieu, but no judge with such name ever worked at the court.

Also in December 2010, Nga, the wife, fled Vietnam for the US, where she lived with her husband in Georgia.

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The husband received a green card in June 2011.

However, the US police arrested them on March 21 this year, following an Interpol arrest warrant and the demand of Vietnamese agencies, Tuoi Tre reported.

They were detained by US authorities before being extradited back to Vietnam.

Police are investigating.

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