Embezzling Orange County Bank Tellers Face Federal Judge

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Two Irvine bank tellers embezzled more than $112,000 in 2013 and faced potential prison trips, but walked out of Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse April 7 visibly relieved with comparative wrist slaps.

Nether U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter, a federal prosecutor nor defense lawyers thought prison would be the appropriate punishment for first-time offenders Duy Nguyen and Tuan Luu, both born in 1987.

Carter ordered Nguyen to repay at least $450 a month for the $24,000 he embezzled from United Central Bank, undergo four months of home detention and then spend five years on supervised probation.

Luu's punishment was similar: repay at least $2,000 a month for the $88,500 he stole from the same bank, undergo six months of home detention and then spend five years on supervised probation.

Carter warned the two men he will send them to prison if they fail to pay restitution.

Both tellers were caught skimming cash deposits in an undercover, government sting operation.

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thatacekidd
thatacekidd

Good ol' fashioned white collar crime

atviflav
atviflav

They'd probably been doing this for a while, at least one of them. The mistake may have been made when bringing a second person into the mix. Once that was done, a slip up was bound to happen that would put both of them in hot water, and it did.

Remember, story states they were skimming the deposits. It doesn't say how long they'd been doing this for, or how long the investigation went on for. Guaranteed it'd been going on prior to the investigation, but why admit to what they weren't caught for?

sicsempertyr
sicsempertyr

Would like to bet dollars to donuts this may have something to do with their gambling problems and trying to pay off their bookies or something of the sort.   Either that or they had to cover margin calls on some bad investments.  Motive for these types of crimes are often the same.  These fools got lucky they didn't end up in the State prison system, where they would probably get passed around like a cheap whore.

daniel.estrada35
daniel.estrada35

If they would've been Hispanics and even if they were first time offenders....well, 

you know that story!

949girl
949girl topcommenter

Even with the restitution repayment they got off pretty lightly.  I understand that the ultimate goal is to recoup the stolen money but to be able to commit grand theft without serving any jail or prison time is pretty lucky for these two (home confinement doesn't really count in my opinion as jail or prison time).  So basically they stole money and now just have to pay it back while being on probation?  Not a bad gamble to take.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Bernie Madoff - Charles Keating - the Enron boys - the WorldCom boys - hundreds of cocaine trader cowboys on Wall Street.

All non-minority.

imgrammadee
imgrammadee

@949girl - $2000 monthly payments is more than I could handle, Tuan Luu must have money hidden away somewhere if he/she is able to afford $2000 a month in monthly payments.  Even $450 a month is more than I could afford.

ComTruise
ComTruise

@949girl  As a bank, would you rather care about imprisoning these non-violent offenders and probably not getting repaid until they are out of prison OR being repaid immediately and moving forward with your business?


Big picture stuff.

hitman_martinelli
hitman_martinelli

They are going to get jobs at another bank and pay back their restitutions you know how! lol

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@imgrammadee @949girlI totally agree with you.  I could never afford those restitution payments then again I'm not funneling away money that isn't mine.  How were they able to steal $24k and $88k before getting caught?  Or was the stealing being monitored as part of a bigger investigation.  Something sounds fishy.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@ComTruise @949girl Not disagreeing with you about wanting to recoup their losses however if you can steal tens of thousands of dollars and you're only real punishment is just paying back what you stole I'd say they got off pretty easily.  

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