A Vietnamese luxury car dealer accused of cheating people out of US$4.4 million was extradited to Vietnam from the US on Wednesday afternoon, Cong An Nhan Dan newspaper reported.
Nguyen Duc Dung, 41, was sent back on a private jet hired by the US Department of Homeland Security.
After arriving at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Dung was escorted by seven US officers and representatives from the US General Consulate and handed over to Vietnamese police.
The man was arrested in the US last year, four years after Interpol Vietnam issued a global warrant against him on fraud charges.
Dung, director of the Hung Dung Trading Limited Company in Ho Chi Minh City, and his wife Nguyen Thi Bao Chau were accused of misappropriating $4.4 million in cash as well as cars and land from his business partners.
Nguyen Duc Dung and his wife in a file photo.
According to the police, nine people, mostly automobile traders, reported Dung's scheme to the police after they learnt he and his family had left for the United States on March 19, 2011.
Dung was widely known among the automobile trading circles in HCMC for his showroom of luxury cars and wealthy lifestyle.
After the showroom suddenly closed on March 21, 2011, his victims realized they had been cheated.
After the US Department of Homeland Security arrested him, they planned to hand him over to Vietnamese police on March 10, 2015.
On March 9, 2015, Dung was taken to an airport in Washington DC to be flown back to Vietnam. But shortly before the plane took off, he started screaming and threatening to attack other passengers there.
The captain of the flight denied him for security reason.
Dung was taken back to a detention center. The US Department of Homeland Security decided to hire a private jet to send him to Vietnam.