The Can Tho city court on December 14, sentenced 45-year-old Micheal Ikechukwu Leonard to 18 years in prison for Internet fraud.
His accomplices Huynh Ha Uyen and Nguyen Tran QuynhNhi, got 10 and 12 years respectively.
Micheal,who is the leader of the group got a ore years behind bars..He was convicted on Thursday of “deceiving others to steal their assets” in a scam which targeted wealthy Vietnamese women, through social media. ..
Leonard defrauded his victims using messaging apps and taking on various alter egos, including a US army officer.
The convict was said to have promised to send his victimsvaluable presents, including laptops and jewellery from theUS.
Accomplices, Huynh Ha Binh, Huynh Ha Uyen and NguyenTran Quynh Nhi, would then contact the women claiming to be customs agents and demand fees or fines for the non-existent shipments. They successfully conned a woman out of $28,500 dollars, before their arrest.