Hanoi Police said on Monday they had concluded an investigation into 14 members of a criminal ring who posed as high-ranking defence officers and set up a fake corporation to defraud people with false promises of employment.
|56-year-old Hoa Huu Long (left), who claimed to be a general at the Ministry of Defence, and his 48-year-old wife Cao Thi Kim Loan. — Handout photo from the Hanoi police|
The alleged ring leaders have been named as 56-year-old Hoa Huu Long, who claimed to be a general at the Ministry of Defence, and his 48-year-old wife Cao Thi Kim Loan, who live in Bac Tu Liem District, Hanoi.
In February 2018, the Department of Military Security started receiving multiple complaints about a certain “General Hoa Huu Long” who had scammed people out of large amounts of money by falsely promising to secure them jobs at the so-called Dong Duong Corporation under the defence ministry.
The department checked and found there was no general of that name working at the ministry and the corporation did not exist, so the case was forwarded to Hanoi Police for investigation.
Two months later, police launched legal proceedings against the suspects.
According to the findings, taking advantage of planned restructuring of military-owned corporations, Hoa Huu Long and his accomplices had forged documents to falsely lead people to believe the defence ministry was planning to set up Dong Duong Corporation and would need employees.
Prospective staff were asked to pay VND65-150 million (US$2,800-$6,480) to get jobs at the group.
During each interviews with job hopefuls, Long and accomplices wore military uniforms of different ranks and showed their victims “confidential” military documents, refusing to let them take photos or make copies of them.
In total, nearly 1,000 people were scammed from 2016 to April 2018, with nearly VND83 billion ($3.6 million) stolen.
The assets of Long, his wife and their accomplices have been frozen. — VNS
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