What's a dong worth?

  1. Man Sells Fake Bronze, Gets Paid in Counterfeit
    Fri Jun 27, 7:14 AM ET Add Oddly Enough - Reuters to My Yahoo!

    HANOI (Reuters) - A Vietnamese man who used cow fat and paint to pass off a lump of iron as valuable black bronze found buyers -- but was paid $64,000 in counterfeit bills.

    A justice official said 12 people involved in both frauds were arrested and were undergoing trial in southern An Giang province.

    Eight were accomplices of the accused metal fraudster, while three were involved in the alleged counterfeiting, the prosecutor said.

    State-run Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported that Huynh Van Gat confessed he had painted a one kg iron lump with cow fat and black paint and tried to pass it off as black bronze and sought to sell it for one billion dong ($64,683). Black bronze is used in making jewelry and ornamental objects like statues.

    A group of three business people from Ho Chi Minh City who were negotiating to buy the black bronze, which is valued on the market at around $1 million, bought a printer to produce 900 million Vietnamese dong ($58,214) to pay for the deal.

    Gat and his accomplices were arrested a few days later when local shops tipped off the police about the fake dong.

    The men told the police they didn't know the money was counterfeit and revealed where it came from -- leading to the arrest of the others.

    The justice official said the trial would last several days.

    Counterfeiting money carries a penalty ranging from three years in prison to death by firing squad in communist Vietnam.

    ($1=15,460 dong)
  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   MelRN13
    Not what I was expecting, but very funny!!
  4. by   Shamrock
    And you were expecting.....what?
  5. by   MelRN13
    Well.......what else would you expect from my twisted mind?
  6. by   Shamrock
    You are very diplomatic, I admire that in a person.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes

    i am with tele here....

    filthy minded am i...
  8. by   MelRN13
    I wasn't thinking of the chocolate Hostess Dingdong either!!!
  9. by   Shamrock
    How 'bout the old song: Ding Dong the witch is dead. Have you guys just visited the picture of Jaded's dog on
    the my dogs sneaky habit thread or what?
  10. by   MelRN13
    I saw that Shamrock, that was, um, well...I'm speechless, and that doesn't happen very often.
  11. by   Shamrock
    Geez, makes you wonder what a Great Dane would look like!!
    (NO thanks anyone, I do not want a picture of it)
  12. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Okay...I saw the post title and that was it...totally submerged in the gutter......and thinking about that song....My Ding-a-ling!!!!
  13. by   H ynnoD
    I remember that song from when I was a kid.Me and My Ding-a-ling.When I was a little lad my grandmother gave to me two shinny bells and-then I can't remember the words.Use to laugh till we hurt.:chuckle
  14. by   adrienurse
    Got my attention