Paranormal? No. But hard to believe people could think they would get away with this. Glad they didn’t.
A Vietnamese man claiming paranormal powers has been arrested on suspicion of faking the remains of soldiers killed and missing during the Vietnam War in order to claim more than $350,000 from a charitable fund set up by a state-owned bank.
Thanh Nien newspaper reported the case came to light after a military forensic team analyzed nine sets of supposed Vietnamese human remains that that the suspect, Nguyen Van Thuy, had helped to recover. Tests showed they were animal bones, it said.
Lao Dong newspaper reported that the general director of the bank had enlisted the help of Thuy after he helped find the remains of his father, who was killed in the war. It said the fund was made of donations from bank employees, and that Thuy was paid $3,570 for each set of remains.
The Vietnam Bank for Social Policies said their intentions were good and were not responsible for the alleged scam. According to this site, VietNamNet, the man and his wife were telepaths and he had been in trouble with the law before. They made considerable money off their services.
Thuy and Duyen were arrested after the national television broadcaster VTV aired a report that was prepared over two years, reporting that the bank cooperated with Thuy to excavate fake remains of war martyrs to appropriate tens of billion dong from the budget during December 2007 – July 2013 period.
Specifically, on July 27, 2013, Thuy and the bank “found” the remains of nine war martyrs in the central province of Quang Tri. However, the case was defined as fraud since the remains, including animal bones, had been buried just before the search.
What? A supposed psychic committing fraud? That’s
unheard of! I jest. This was pretty terrible. They hurt many families I suspect not to mention the fraud.