VietNamNet Bridge – Hai Ba Trung District Police announced yesterday, May 23, they arrested four people allegedly trying to transport VND500 million (US$24,000) of counterfeit dong in northern Hai Duong City on Tuesday.
Colonel Ly Dinh Xuyen, deputy head of Hai Ba Trung District Police, said the counterfeit money was believed to have come from China through northern border Lang Son Province and was destined for Dien Bien.
Among the four arrested were Nguyen Thi Nga, 39, who was previously convicted for handling counterfeit money, and her husband.
According to police, Nga's husband often tried to offload counterfeit money in local casinos.
The other members of the gang arrested were Lam Thuy Hien, 28, and her husband. Local authorities claimed the couple got the fake money from China and passed it onto Nga and her husband.
The four have been operating for a long time, police said, adding that gang members often took a young child along with them when they travelled to China and that the money was often hidden in the child's carrier under clothes.
The Ministry of Security said it would send officials to the supply routes in question to ensure counterfeit money was not brought into Viet Nam.
Also yesterday, leaders from the State Bank of Viet Nam and its Ha Noi branch presented a certificate of acknowledgement to the police who broke the case. VietNamNet/Viet Nam News