Police in Ho Chi Minh City have completed an investigation and requested prosecution against a company director for appropriating money from 104 people in a Japan labor export scam.
The man in question is Doan Duy Binh, 37, director of Hajime Import Export Service Trading Co. Ltd., who was a migrant worker in Japan and a Japanese teacher in Vietnam between 2008 and 2011, a source told to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday.
In 2014, Binh established Hajime Import Export Service Trading Co. Ltd. but huge debts inhibited his ability to maintain the business.
During that time, Binh took money from 104 Vietnamese workers after promising to find them a job in Japan.
He used the money to pay his debts.
In return for the fees ranging from VND30 million (US$1,300) to VND115 million ($4,986), Binh advised his customers on procedures, records, and expenses for securing work visas in Japan.
The fees also included tuition for Japanese classes.
At the end of the Japanese courses, the victims asked Binh to sign the committed labor contracts.
The conman then offered them skilled internship contracts and collected their passports.
He also requested an additional VND20-40 million ($1,867-1,734).
In total, Binh’s scam earned him VND11.2 billion ($485,000) and $11,200, much of which was used to pay his debt and bet on football.