The People’s Court of northern Hai Phong city on August 26 gave a total of 57 years in prison to four Chinese nationals who had used high-tech devices to counterfeit credit cards.

Xiong Jie (35) was sentenced to 17 years, Lin Wei (50) and Lin Li Hua (33) were given 14 years each while Lin Jia Jun (21) got 12 years, all on the charge of “using the computer and telecommunications networks, the Internet and digital equipment to appropriate assets”.

According to the indictment, between March 16-26, 2013, the four suspects and two others (currently on the run) successfully completed 196 transactions using forged cards taking away over 3.9 billion VND (183,300 USD) from Vietcombank and Vietinbank.

They were caught by Hai Phong police on March 26.

The defendants pleaded guilty and returned 750 million VND (over 35,700 USD).

At the trial, the court asked police to further investigate three Hai Phong-based companies whose directors and staff are suspected of helping the Chinese commit the fraud.-VNA