A court in Ho Chi Minh City Tuesday handed down a two-year jail term to a Vietnamese Canadian for smuggling one million Hong Kong dollars (US$128,300) into Vietnam last year.
According to the indictment, Luong Vi Duong, 42, entered Vietnam on a flight from Hong Kong on November 10 last year.
At the HCMC-based Tan Son Nhat Airport, he declared that he was carrying one million Hong Kong dollars and $60,000.
However, customs officials later searched his suitcases and found another one million Hong Kong dollars.
Duong said at the hearing held by the HCMC People's Court that the money was borrowed from his aunt in Macau.
He said he didn't declare it because he didn't know about Vietnamese laws and he wanted to hide it from his family because he planned to make investments and buy houses with his girlfriend.
After being released on bail, Duong moved to live with his girlfriend without informing related agencies about his change of address, according to the hearing.
After police issued a wanted notice, the Canadian national handed himself in.
Under Vietnamese regulations, a person is allowed to bring into the country foreign currencies worth $7,000 at maximum. If one carries more than that, he or she is required to make a customs declaration and present necessary documents.