FBI-Arrested Little Saigon Cop Accused of Aiding Loan Shark Hires Celebrity Lawyer

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FBI: Little Saigon cop was muscle in loan-shark operation
The Westminster Police Department officer arrested by the FBI in August with a Little Saigon businessman for allegedly running a loan-sharking operation has dumped his Newport Beach defense lawyer for a Hollywood celebrity attorney who once worked as a federal prosecutor.

According to court records, Anthony Duong Donner booted court-appointed John W. Barton to retain Donald Etra, who has represented rapper Snoop Dogg, singer Rihanna (against slugger Chris Brown) and actress Fran Drescher.

In two separate criminal actions (drug and weapon counts) against Snoop Dogg in Orange County, Etra--who is a President George W. Bush appointee to the board of the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.--claims he won reductions in charges.

Federal prosecutor Brett A. Sagel's U.S. Department of Justice investigation resulted in the arrest of Donner for using his job as a police officer to enforce the illegal loan-sharking operations of Kevin Khanh Tuan Do, who, according to the government, charged more than 60 percent annual interest.

Both men pleaded not guilty and are free on bail.

With the aid of wiretaps, FBI agents claim they recorded Do, owner of Do Construction & Design Inc. in Garden Grove, and a campaign contributor to Republican Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, using on- and off-duty law-enforcement officers, including Golden West College graduate Donner, as the muscle in the alleged loan sharking business.

Nguyen is currently running for a state Senate seat against Jose Solorio, a former state assemblyman from Santa Ana and a Democrat.

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D'oh! Nguyen got campaign cash from alleged Little Saigon loan shark, Kevin Khanh Tuan Do
U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter, the presiding judge in the case, has scheduled the trial for July 15 inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

In December, Donner asked Carter for permission to travel to New Orleans to be a groomsman in a friend's wedding, but the judge denied the request.

Go HERE to see my exclusive, breaking news report of the arrests.

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imgrammadee
imgrammadee

Rogue cops on the Westminster PD is nothing NEW!  The cop who viciously sexually assaulted his victim a couple of years ago and ended up committing suicide while in jail was a Westminster cop as well.

billbrown949
billbrown949

its funny how people are assumed guilty by association.  In this case...accepting donations automatically means you are committing the same crime as the donors?

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

How much in donations did h give to Janet Nguyen?

billbrown949
billbrown949

i meant guilty as in....portrayed in a negative manner

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@billbrown949  The only person I'm aware of who has oddly raised the issue of whether Supervisor Nguyen is guilty of "committing the same crime as the donor" is you. I haven't made that charge and any reasonable person who reads my news report wouldn't have landed in that erroneous position. If, however, your point is that the public doesn't have the right to know about the individuals who fund our elected officials and politicians, then you've lost me completely. That point is doubly true with a campaign contributor who has been arrested by FBI agents on public corruption charges.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

And btw, I group up about a mile from Little Saigon, so I am very familiar with the Vietnamese community.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@paullucas714 @gregbpc @rscottmoxley  Yes, but is there a path in THIS case?  Kind of like the well-worn path between democrats and union bosses (i.e. Tony Villar & SEIU)? 

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@gregbpc@paullucas714@rscottmoxley You may be right but only if you live outside of the central OC. basically the collusion of Vietnamese Politicians and community leaders in OC with criminal elements in their own community is as old as 1975. So there is a well worn path to connect the dots between Janet Nguyen and this crooked cop and his handler.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@paullucas714 @gregbpc @rscottmoxley I watch various news sources.  Actually, get most of my news from online news stories from various sources, as I am not home much to watch TV.  If i do watch TV, it's usually a hockey game or Seinfeld.  How about doing a little research, and seeing if there is a DIRECT connection before trying to smear someone.  Maybe there is. Maybe there isn't.  But it doesn't do much for one's credibility posting pictures like these.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@gregbpc@paullucas714@rscottmoxley

You may be correct. You may not. Im not really concerned about it. As far as playing dirty, just chalk that up to Tit for Tat. You want to have integrity in journalism? Turn the Faux Gnus off for once.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@paullucas714 @rscottmoxley This is how Scott Moxley  likes to play it.  Find a negative story, then put a picture of a republican somehow distantly related to the story.  See his NavelGazing story about the drug running drug dealing with the picture of Rush Limbaugh.  That's how the dirty left plays, and their low-information voters followl

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