Nightfall restaurant owner arrested for cheating tourist

Ho Chi Minh City Police today announced to arrest 22-year-old Tran Tuan Minh, owner of NightFall Restaurant in District 1 on the charge of “utilizing digital device to appropriate other’s property”

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Before, on August 10, 2016, Aussie tourist Caracciolo David John and his friends dined and played billiards at Nightfall restaurant on Nguyen Dieu Street in District 1 and cleared the bill with two payment cards.

The man did not discover the fraud until after he had returned to Australia and received an account statement from the local bank, which showed he had been charged a total of AUD39,429 (nearly VND700 million) for the dinner at Nightfall.

Consequently, he authorized a Vietnamese representative as his friend to lodge legal charges against the restaurant. 

According to police's initial investigation, at first, John gave restaurant staff named Nguyen Thi Kim Sang AUD150 and VND2 million yet Sang said it was not enough for dinner and billiards; accordingly, he gave the female two payment cards.

Sang asked Tran Tuan Minh, the director of the restaurant at the time, for card payment. Minh agreed the payment form adding that the payment must be higher than the reality.
Subsequently, the eatery’s attendants then deliberately swipped both of his payment cards and asked him to enter his PIN code multiple times, claiming there was an error with the card reading device. She at last took VND663 million while real payment is VND19.6 million including tips.

Later, Minh went to VietinBank to withdraw VND660 million of John’s payment for personal spending and the restaurant’s activities. 

After police detected the case, Minh repaid the amount to John plus VND20 million as compensation.

Though John’s friend has dropped lawsuit against the eatery’s owner after receiving a full refund, police still arrested him because his acts badly affected the country’s image especially in term of tourism. 

By SONG NGUYEN, AI CHAN – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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