Restaurant manager arrested after charging Australian $40,000 for meal in Vietnam

John David Caracciolo found out nearly a week after the meal how much he'd been charged.
John David Caracciolo found out nearly a week after the meal how much he'd been charged. Photo credit: Getty

A restaurant manager in Vietnam has been arrested after he illegally charged $40,000 for an Australian tourist's meal.

Tran Tuan Minh is being investigated for scamming John Caracciolo at a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh in August 2016.

Mr Caracciolo dined at the NightFall restaurant and nearly a week later realised that he'd been charged NZD $41,606. The dinner was worth around NZD $1300.

Minh had instructed a staff member to swipe Mr Caracciolo's credit card numerous times, telling him that there were technical errors with the machine. Mr Caracciolo was not given a receipt, and Minh later withdrew the money from the restaurant's account according to VN Express

Mr Caracciolo found out his card had been swiped eight times, and he then filed a fraud complaint to Vietnamese authorities. Following negotiations, Minh returned the money to Mr Caracciolo in December 2016 and in return the tourist withdrew his complaint to local authorities. 

However, Police decided to continue pursuing the case and Minh was arrested on Thursday. He's being investigated for "using computer networks, telecommunications networks, Internet or digital devices to appropriate property."

The NightFall restaurant closed down in October.

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