Restaurant owner accused of misappropriating money from Australian


Update: June, 30/2017 – 15:40

The bank receipt shows that the Nightfall restaurant staff swiped the victim’s cards eight times and withdrew VNĐ700 million. – Photo
Viet Nam News HCM CITY – The HCM City police have detained restaurant owner Trần Tuấn Minh, 22, for allegedly misappropriating nearly VNĐ700 million (US$31,100) from an Australian.

Minh, director of HCM-based Nightfall Restaurant One Member Ltd., has been accused of using digital equipment to misappropriate properties, local media reported.

The incident reportedly took place on August 10, 2016, when Australian national Caracciolo David John, 45, and a group of friends visited Minh’s restaurant on Nguyễn Siêu Street in District 1, and had dinner and played bar billiards. John used two cards – a Visa and a Master – from two Australian banks to pay the bill, which came to VNĐ20 million (US$890).

However, several days later, after returning to Australia, John discovered that AU$39,429 (VNĐ700 million/US$31,100) had been withdrawn from his accounts.

Investigations revealed that John had paid the restaurant AU$150 and VNĐ2 million (US$89) in cash, and the remaining amount using the two cards.

Minh allegedly got his staff to swipe the cards several times and withdraw more money than John’s bill amount. The next day, he visited the bank and withdrew the money. On his instructions, the staff blamed the point of sale (POS) machine, claiming it was not working properly, for misappropriation of nearly VNĐ700 million.

The suspect told investigators that he wanted to return the money to John, after which John’s representative withdrew the accusation report and decided not to file for criminal penalty.

However, the police said Minh’s action was extremely serious and affected the image of the country’s tourism sector, thus further investigation was needed to determine who else was involved. – VNS

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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