Nguyen Thanh Thuy, 54, and his wife Man Thi Duyen, 51, were arrested Monday after allegedly creating graves with fake remains and charging families about $4,700 for each tomb they "found," Thanh Nien News reported Wednesday.
They were taken into custody after national television broadcaster VTV reported Thuy began working with the state-run Vietnam Bank for Social Policies in 2007 to search for the remains of soldiers missing in the country's military conflicts, VietNamNet Bridge reported.
The broadcaster's investigation determined 105 graves allegedly "found" and excavated by Thuy contained only animal bones. The bank paid him nearly $400,000 for four excavations.
In July, Thuy and the bank said they found remains of nine soldiers in the north-central province of Quang Tri.
Police said the graves contained animal bones that had been buried before the search.
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