FBI Arrests Little Saigon Businessman & Westminster Cop for Loan Sharking

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DOJ busts alleged Little Saigon police corruption scheme
Following a lengthy U.S. Department of Justice investigation into loan-sharking operations in Orange County's Little Saigon area, FBI agents late this morning arrested a local businessman and a veteran police officer.

Kevin Khanh Tuan Do--the 38-year-old owner of Do Construction & Design Inc. on Bolsa Avenue--employed 28-year-old Westminster Police Department officer Anthony Duong Donner as an enforcer in his illegal activities, according to an affidavit filed by an FBI Special Agent inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.

Both Do and Donner are presently in federal custody.

FBI Special Agent Joseph Paul Nieblas, who is assigned to public-corruption cases, claims in his affidavit that Do and Donner lived together at Do's Fountain Valley residence from 2011 to this month. But it wasn't a normal relationship, according to Nieblas. He says the cop "lived at Do's house rent-free as long as Donner helped out" the businessman, according to court records.

The FBI agent states that Do loaned the owner of a Garden Grove coffee shop and a Westminster lounge $170,000 in 2011 at 5 percent-per-month interest and a whopping 60 percent annual percentage rate.

Do used Donner to collect payments from the woman, and "Do threatened [the business owner] on various occasions if [she] did not pay Do back the loan, including but not limited to using WPD officers to interfere with her business and to cite her for driving under the influence, whether she had been drinking or not, which would negatively affect her license to sell alcohol at her business," the FBI affidavit states.

Using court-authorized text-message and phone-call intercepts, the FBI watched Do utilize "local law-enforcement officials, including Donner, to intimidate payment from [the businesswoman]," according to the affidavit.

(The victim was frightened of Do, and herself became an FBI target in November 2012 after she paid $3,700 in bribes to a local police officer who was acting in an undercover capacity, according to Nieblas.)

The businesswoman told the FBI that officers working for Do "have interfered with her business with patrol cars, doing car stops on employees after work, and entering the business to intimidate customers."

FBI agents reviewed GPS records of the patrol vehicles used by Donner and other police officers and determined the information "corroborated" that the cops "were at [her] business at the times she complained of harassment," according to court records.

In an Aug. 21, 2013, interview with FBI agents, Donner admitted he collected money for Do "on several occasions" while on duty and in uniform, as well as using his position as a cop to follow Do's instructions to issue tickets to the businesswoman, who owns a home in Santa Ana.

The FBI intercepted a November 2012 call in which Do told the victim, "I don't have time waiting for you [to make payments]. I'm busy; that is why I called [Donner] to take care of this for me," according to the government's affidavit.

Intercepted text messages from the cop show him demanding the businesswoman make larger payments to Do and then physical surveillance found the officer driving Do's white Mercedes sedan to an encounter with the victim, according to court records.

Undercover agents watching Donner claim they lost him after he collected one payment because he "sped up to 60 to 70 mph" heading into a residential area.

In another intercepted call, Do's relative told the victim that officer Donner is Do's "soldier" and that he does what he's told to do in the alleged loan-sharking operation.

The cop even served as "a lookout" for Do--who demanded that the victim surrender her home as a payment--by alerting him when other police officers were nearby while he was conducting loan sharking affairs, according to the FBI affidavit.

After admitting his role in the loan sharking scheme, Donner blew off a scheduled Aug. 27 follow-up meeting with the FBI. He advised the agents that he'd disclosed the federal probe to "several individuals and had decided he no longer wished to cooperate," according to court records.

Donner, who speaks Vietnamese, graduated from La Quinta High School in the Garden Grove Unified School District, attended California State University at Long Beach, graduated from the Golden West Police Academy in 2007 and that same year won a cop job at Westminster PD, where he'd previously served as an intern. He won honors from police management for exemplary public service in September 2007 and October 2010.

Do has a reputation for hobnobbing with police officers and entertaining several politicians.

Donner told the FBI that Do is "very sociable" and likes to drink alcohol and sing karaoke.

Veteran federal prosecutors Brett Sagel and Jospeh McNally are handling the case for the U.S. Department of Justice. Sagel and another colleague successfully prosecuted corrupt Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, who is now serving a 66-month sentence in a Colorado prison.

The motto of the Westminster Police Department is "Service With Integrity."

[***Update, 6:45 p.m., Aug. 30: Our initial report incorrectly stated that the loan sharking victim owns Ocean Blue Restaurant. It should have stated that Do, the alleged loan shark, was patronizing Ocean Blue Restaurant one night when he gave orders to police officer Donner, according to the FBI.]

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gossip911
gossip911

he lie to everyone he never a cop before

gossip911
gossip911

he never a cop before he lie to everyone

ut714
ut714

I 'M very happy about FBI find out a lot of things secrets of Westmintster PD , still have more  terrible cases, I hope day after day FBI will break more cases in Westminster . We hope one day the people who lived in this City never and never see bad polices and ,bad cases happening in Westminster PD any more , But not now I know some of them still working Westminster PD , I don't want to get prevenge from them.Anyway , We have to say thank to FBI officers to bring the brights of light to the law in Westminster PD ,  GOD BLESS FBI officers.

aye_62
aye_62

Kevin Do used to be a cop in LA County (he personal told me that).

It is not surprise me that he involve to this kind of crime

"Know the law to break the law" 

Kevin Do himself knew so well how to setup and to bribe those construction and building inspectors whom worked for Orange County to violation the Inspecting and monitor construction sites to ensure overall compliance

All of his project went very fast ( 95% remodel 1300sqf home to 2700sqf home within 2 month from breakdown the old house to finish the new house which seem impossible without bribe someone) with those  bribe to those County building inspectors so he can violation some of the building code such as:

Section BC 1405 Exterior walls.

He skip the exterior plywood with sheathing and only used sheathing paper then mesh then stucco even thought the roof is tile roof which is the main safety for those residency live in the house

I wish that FBI can go further more to investigation his construction business

It may not easy to requesting the County to corporation with FBI to take out all the bribable building inspectors whom has to been bribe in all his project in the Orange County area

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

The motto of the Westminster Police Department is "Service With Integrity."

That must go along with "intimidation tactics and criminal activity". - BY THE POLICE!

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Hey fc2479: Wake Up? "80 percent of all cops are criminals and violate the laws while they are on duty. They are being paid to do so and be so by the city councils that hire them to be cops".

"To be accused of a crime in this country when no crime has been committed is abhorrent" - Mayor Jim Righeimer of Costa Mesa CA. - Said and quoted from the newspaper today 9/3/2013

Mr. Righeimer is using the same tactics that he himself touts against other citizens because he is an anti-union hater and union buster and even the cops dislike him because of it. He's suing the poice union and you do not go against the unions. He lost his bid last year in the election for his Charter Amendment for the City of Costa Mesa by 100 to 1. He's a Republinut. I even voted against him on that one beause I could see what he was doing and I have talked to people on the streets that have said he's an idiot.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

So what if a private attorney hired me as a process server 13 years ago and then failed to pay me and used me as a money siphon of course from my unemployment paychecks and swindled me for money from my other jobs that I had even had an Unlawful Detainer Eviction action filed against me maliciously and claims that it's not about money over a 13 year period, is this my fault for letting it happen? And then she accuses me of having a disorder that I do not have because she looked it up on the internet. I do have evidence.

mswhy
mswhy

Yay for Vietnamese coffee shops!

theperfectexposure
theperfectexposure

I went to middle school with this guy. What an idiot. There goes your career and your life 

paullucas714
paullucas714

Please oh lord on high let this guy rat out all the other dirty cops in OC so we an have a mass perp walk for us to trot out to the cameras.

Jessica Tye
Jessica Tye

Corruption. It is still happening people.

fc2479
fc2479 topcommenter

I don't usually like the work you do here at the OCweekly.  But I have to say that you did a good job on this story.  If this cop is dirty, fuck him...go to jail.  Good job on this piece Scott.....

clrhb92648
clrhb92648

Corruption in Little Saigon, not surprised. It's citizens do their best to not blend with the rest of the area. I wouldn't expect them to follow our laws. It's like a country within a country. 

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

One down and several hundred crooked mafia trash Orange County cops to go. Starting with the leadership. The behavior of these delinquents is in perfect keeping with my observations for over 16 years now.

gossip911
gossip911

if yu know they are bad ...Why hang out with them ... now they in shit ... you want to push them out of the bus .... if you don't hang out with them how the hell do you know they are bad .... and if you do know why not report them .... ASSHOLE .... WHY DID YOU GO AROUND THE BUSHES IDIOT .... IF YOU ARE SCARE THAN DONT SAY ANYTHING AT ALL

gossip911
gossip911

FBI Agents should follow up with Thomas Dao who now working with Kevin Do building too. a lot of building got by pass by inspector. they bride them .... either you sign off or we will report you  lol who wont sign for them ,,,???

gossip911
gossip911

he lie to you  he never a cop before

gossip911
gossip911

he lie to you < he never a cop before

Debaser7
Debaser7

Someone care to translate the above into English?

gossip911
gossip911

heis not an idiot ... it take 1 to know 1 .... people sometime trust friend too much ... its a mistake not stupid stupid :(

gossip911
gossip911

not all cop are dirty .... how can you borrow other peplle money and don't want to pay ???? in return that person report to fbi  so tjey don't have to pay for it ..... no gooooddddd

so dirty .....

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

You are obviously clueless to the fact that Orange County law enforcement criminality and corruption transcends race / creed / color. The melting pot runneth over with oath violating lemmings.

gossip911
gossip911

hahaha ..... there are more corruption in city of garden grove too that fbi turn the blind .....

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

and that 18usc241 is the reasoning as to why there are several Orange County supervisors including Manager John Moorlach of Santa Ana that are nervous because they are under investigation by the Justice Department and the FBI for CORRUPTION and allowing it to go on.

"I have absolutely no influence over the outcomes of these trials". - Judge Derek G. Johnson, Harbor Court 7

I overheard him say this in the courtroom to the clerks. This was before they quickly moved me across the hallway to a different courtroom number 3 (?)

"The police report and the DA's complaint had all sorts of holes in it".

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