Vietnamese man arrested for faking remains of MIAs

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Associated Press

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 5:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:04 AM

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — 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 in reward money.

State-run media say the money given to Nguyen Van Thuy was from a charitable fund administered 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 Thuy had helped to recover that turned out to be animal bones.

The paper said Thuy has been accused of fraud. It isn't clear if the man has lawyers representing him.

The bank that gave him the money said in a statement Wednesday it was trying to help the families of those unaccounted for.

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