Identity Thieves Who Targeted Little Saigon Bank Customers Win Prison Trips

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

A Vietnamese immigrant identity theft ring that stole nearly $450,000 from unsuspecting victims in Southern California and used a portion of the funds for wild Las Vegas gambling trips to The Wynn Resort and Ceasar's Palace have no more dice to roll.

Late last month, U.S. District Court Judge Margaret M. Morrow sentenced 34-year-old, Saigon native Hung Nguyen and Bien Hoa's 31-year-old Eric Hoang to long federal prison trips and ordered them to pay restitution to the victims.

According to the Department of Justice, the men executed a sophisticated plot that targeted Chase bank customers with fake debit cards to drain accounts at various banks on Brookhurst in Little Saigon.

An identity theft task force and U.S. Postal Inspectors along with bank employees helped unravel the scheme in 2011.

Morrow gave Nguyen, who now lives in Garden Grove, 70 months in prison; Hoang, who lives in Santa Ana and whose father was a soldier in South Vietnam's military, received 61 months of incarceration.

Both men blame methamphetamine use for contributing to their crimes.

Eric Ma, a third hoodlum in the conspiracy, won diversion to a special treatment program.

Nguyen and Hoang remain locked in the custody of U.S. marshals at the Santa Ana Jail and will be bused to federal prison in coming days.

Assistant United States Attorney Ivy Wang, who is based inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, prosecuted the case.

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18usc241 topcommenter

This was my motivation, Mr. Moxley, for asking former Garden Grove, CA Mayor Dalton during a city council meeting - just how many crimes have been committed against me by law enforcement? 

18usc241 topcommenter

Dear Rackauckas, never answered my questions about "false name and/or DOB".

Dear Chase, why were you arrogant enough to think that you didn't need to answer my questions about how my name vanished from the 1992 Home loan for which I was a co-borrower / joint tenant along with my parents (12600 euclid street #5 garden grove, ca ------> AKA Garden Grove hell house). Or why my mom's name was mixed up with my social security number. Or why the Garden Grove PD had a nervous breakdown on the day I traveled to the Chase branch on Chapman / Brookhurst and began uncovering this poop (including 3 GGPD cops inside the branch when I arrived - the context being that I rarely see these jerks near me at any given moment throughout the day). 

PS: defaming my now deceased Hispanic mother would be extremely unwise at this point. 

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