45-year-old Micheal Ikechukwu Leonard has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for Internet fraud by the Can Tho city court on December 14.
His accomplices Huynh Ha Uyen and Nguyen Tran Quynh Nhi, got 10 and 12 years respectively.
According to Qtv, Ikechukwu was convicted on Thursday of “deceiving others to steal their assets” in a scam which targeted wealthy Vietnamese women, through social media.
He 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 victims valuable presents, including laptops and jewellery from the US.
Accomplices, Huynh Ha Binh, Huynh Ha Uyen and Nguyen Tran 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.
Qtv, Baomoi, VTV9