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Congolese arrested for attempting to withdraw $30,000 using fake passport in Saigon

Congolese arrested for attempting to withdraw $30,000 using fake passport in Saigon

Monday, June 12, 2017, 14:32 GMT+7

A Congolese man has been arrested by police in Ho Chi Minh City after a failed attempt to withdraw nearly US$30,000 in cash using a fake passport, officers said on Sunday.

According to the police file, Albert Oshdi Akinga visited a VP Bank transaction office on Ham Nghi Street, District 1 on Saturday afternoon, asking to withdraw all of the money in his personal account.

Akinga, 41, then presented a passport with the name Robinson Wayne Normam, a 40-year-old South African national, to complete the VND666 million (US$29,339) withdrawal.

However, tellers realized quickly that the passport was fake and asked the transaction office guards to hold the foreigner while they called police.

District 1 officers rushed to the scene immediately and took the Congolese national into custody for questioning.

Officers said on Sunday that Akinga remained in detention as police continue their probe.

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