Vietnamese-Russian beauty queen faces fraud charges

By Dam Huy, Thanh Nien News

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Truong Ho Phuong Nga in a file photo Truong Ho Phuong Nga in a file photo


Ho Chi Minh City police on Tuesday recommended that prosecutors press fraud charges against a former Vietnamese-Russian beauty queen for allegedly cheating a businessman out of more than VND16 billion (US$717,000).
The police has wrapped up investigations into the case involving Truong Ho Phuong Nga, 29. She was arrested in March last year.
Nga reportedly emigrated to Russia with her family when she was 12. After winning a beauty contest for Vietnamese in Russia in 2007, she returned to Vietnam to work for a communications company in 2009 and also did some modeling work.
She starred in a couple of music videos and films and emceed a few charity, film and beauty events.
According to police, she allegedly told a local businessman, referred to as M., that she had many contacts who could help him buy houses in Ho Chi Minh City at low prices.
The man then transferred VND6 billion ($268,860) to her account to buy a house in District 5.
But Nga later told him the deal fall through due to some paperwork issues.
She still managed to convince him to send more than VND10 billion ($448,000) for another house.
After failing to get the promised house, M. demanded his money back. Since Nga allegedly kept evading him, he started investigating and found the house did not exist.
He reported the case to the police, who then summoned Nga for questioning.
The woman claimed to have returned the money to M., and produced documents as proof. But police later found the documents to be fake.
Nguyen Duc Thuy Dung, 27, who faked documents that purportedly showed Nga having returned the money to the victim, also faces fraud charges.

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