A homeless man in Vietnam forged a medical diploma, got a job as a university professor and used it to steal tuition fees, bilk a children's charity and sell forged medical diplomas.
The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on May 29 sentenced 44-year-old Ho Quang Hai to four years in jail for forgery.
According to the indictment, in 2006, Hai claimed he could help a friend enroll in a course being held by the HCMC Medicine and Pharmacy University if he let him borrow his diploma issued by the Vietnam Academy of Military Medicine.
The friend agreed and Hai had an acquaintance forge the certificate under his name. He then used it to obtain a job as a medical lecturer at Hong Bang University in April 2010.
Hai collected school fees but neither paid them to the school nor issued a receipt for the many new students.
These students, who were rejected by the school because they couldn't produce a receipt, reported Hai's actions to the school. Hai was dismissed in March 2011.
Hai continued to use his forged diploma to set up a voluntary medical agency under the HCMC Association for Sponsoring the Handicapped and Orphans.
He raised donations domestically and abroad.
Several members of his agency grew to suspect that Hai was using a forged diploma and reported it to the police after they found several financial violations.
Police arrested Hai on October 4, 2013.
Subsequent investigations found that Hai also sold forged medical diplomas for up to VND110 million (US$5,170) apiece. He earned a total of VND334 million from the business.
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