Westminster Police Sued For Allegedly Aiding Little Saigon Loan Shark

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The victim in a Little Saigon loan-sharking operation that FBI agents believe used at least one dirty lawman as an enforcer is suing the Westminster Police Department, its chief, three cops and the alleged loan shark.

Lounge owner Hanh Le claims in her 11-count federal lawsuit that a "team" of defendants "conspired" to "frighten, pressure, harass, intimidate, assault and threaten" her into making payments on "usurious loans" totaling $170,000 with an illegal 60 percent annual interest rate to accused loan shark Kevin Khanh Tuan Do of Fountain Valley.

Last August, prosecutors inside the U.S. Department of Justice charged officer Anthony Duong Donner and Do in the case, but Hanh believes the corruption extended to her named additional defendants: Police Chief Kevin Baker as well as veteran officers Phuong Pham and Timothy Vu, according to the lawsuit.

Hanh claims police repeatedly "carried out drive-bys" at her residence in their patrol vehicles, entered her business and residence without permission, directed high-intensity spotlights from their patrol vehicles inside her shop while customers were present, harassed patrons with interrogations under false pretenses, sent threatening messages, pulled her and her employees over in bogus traffic stops, and threatened her with arrest and imprisonment when she fell behind on making payments to Do.

In the case of Baker, the chief is not a criminal defendant and has cooperated with federal authorities, but Hanh's lawsuit names him for allegedly condoning the loan-sharking scheme or possessing "a reckless or callous indifference" it.

Unless Hanh possesses presently unknown evidence directly against Baker, it's likely he'll eventually be dismissed from the case.

The impact of the alleged scheme caused Hanh to suffer loss of income as well as "severe mental anguish" for the deprivation of her constitutional rights to be free of police officers acting under the color of law for a loan shark, according to the lawsuit written for the plaintiff by Irvine-based attorney Mark W. Eisenberg.

Westminster city council members rejected an opportunity to settle the civil dispute with Hanh late last year and lawyers for the defendants are asserting that police should be immune to such lawsuits and denying their clients did anything wrong.

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter scheduled a June 17 trial for Donner, a graduate of Golden West College's police program, and Do, the owner of a construction company.

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Carter also will handle Hanh's lawsuit that seeks unspecified damages.

Assistant United States Attorney Brett A. Sagel is in the process of turning over a large amount of investigatory discovery to criminal defense lawyers.

Westminster PD has superb officers but continually faces embarrassment from the dubious conduct a few rotten cops on the force.

Go HERE and HERE to see prior coverage of this case.

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18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

"but Hanh believes the corruption extended to her named additional defendants: Police Chief Kevin Baker as well as veteran officers Phuong Pham and Timothy Vu, according to the lawsuit."

The criminal acts I've personally witnessed by OC law enforcement couldn't be possible without the knowledge and consent of the police Chiefs, Sheriffs and District Attorneys office here. The deliberate harassment and pre-meditated destruction of an OC residents life is too coordinated and all encompassing - a multi-agency American life destruction force using your tax payer money. And made easier to implement every day courtesy surveillance state technology.

Signed,

Surveillance state engineer 1992-2005

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

" and lawyers for the defendants are asserting that police should be immune to such lawsuits"

Keep dreaming American traitors. You mock everything this nation is supposed to represent, betray the trust of people in OC that have an almost religious faith in you AND you want immunity. Arrogant pendejos!

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

"Hanh claims police repeatedly "carried out drive-by's" at her residence in their patrol vehicles"

This form of criminal harassment is a specialty of the disgraceful dirtbags of the Garden Grove police department under the leadership of Stan "the original sociopath" Knee, Joe "the MLK award winner" Polisar and Kevin "the current constitution defecator" Raney.

It's also a bread and butter criminal harassment technique of the Anaheim police department under Randall "the original sociopath" Gaston, Roger Baker, John "the guy who lies to his city manager" Welter and Raul "the current constitution defecator and Latino" Quezada.

" pulled her and her employees over in bogus traffic stops"

Specialty of the Garden Grove police department and the Orange County Sheriffs department (especially under Brad "the legal immigration obstructor" Gates.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

" claims in her 11-count federal lawsuit that a "team" of defendants "conspired" to "frighten, pressure, harass, intimidate, assault and threaten" ... me into not speaking out about the mafia trash criminal organization that is Orange County CA law enforcement. That they targeted the American engineering company of a WW2 Italian American German prisoner of war hero. That they conspired to terrorize a Latino American man for over 17 years around the time he began working for this company on surveillance engineering projects in Bogota Colombia with the cooperation of Colombian law enforcement. A criminal act that raises the question as to whether there is a cocaine trafficking network operating in Orange County CA with the cooperation of many asshole cops here.

We are left to speculate because the Los Angeles division of the FBI were criminally negligent in their duty to protect me when I asked for assistance in 2012.

Rachel Peress
Rachel Peress

The police department is the biggest organized crime organization..they serve and protect only one another and even sometimes not even...horrible!

Hugo Castro
Hugo Castro

What Vietnamese corruption in Westminster I am "shocked" lmao big trouble in little Saigon. City is bankrupt New police station they can't pay for Housing development by the city that flopped 3 former cops just won a lawsuit for discrimination And now this not a very big surprise.

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Xander: As we've said before, only we're allowed to talk shit on idiot readers. And Steve SanFilipo, by the way, can only be referred to as Cholo Dick on this page!

bumycac
bumycac

The Asian cops are supposed to be there to help the people in their community but once they put on their stupid badge they become a part of their gang.

ipjd20001
ipjd20001

The City of Westminster was stupid not to settle this case when they had the chance.  Of course police departments are not immune to such lawsuits, there was a clear violation of the plaintiff's rights in this instance.  If I was in the jury, I would award the largest possible verdict to send a message that citizen rights should not be trampled on by any police department.

Stress Reduction
Stress Reduction

OC is a rat nest for corruption and fraud. Fake money, fake people, fake government, and fake police. It will burn from the inside out. Thanks OC for giving people red light tickets and paying for fuck nut executives from phoenix AZ to go and trips to Thailand, thanks for your Gestapo secret police killing unarmed people without fear of prosecution, thanks for a nightlife full of coked up scum bags who get pissed off and fight anyone in sight because the ugly broads get so much attention since the ratio is always 10 to 1 that fake broads feel empowered to reject every dude... OC, evaporate from the planet u pile of shit, no one will miss u and everyone will be healthier

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

Says the guy that doesn't know the difference between "their" and "there". Like your opinion carries any weight.

Xander Lombardo
Xander Lombardo

Orange county is a piece of shit. especially south county on how ghetto with all the Jews they hide in irvine along with yorba linda, OC is fake as hell too with all the lease BMWs everybody has, HB and Newport is full of scum lords of the country fact! also they pay for there bitches and everybody is coked up on dirty ass stepped on coke

imgrammadee
imgrammadee

"Westminster PD has superb officers but continually faces embarrassment from the dubious conduct a few rotten cops on the force."  A "FEW" rotten cops???????  HA! that's an UNDERSTATEMENT!!!!  

DTSABUZZ
DTSABUZZ

I like how you got the Westminster Colorado badge on there..... nice

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Orange County CA law enforcement using gang members to commit crimes against a US born latino man would qualify as the behavior of a mafia trash like organized criminal organization.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Bingo! One Asian American Orange County sheriffs deputy/idiot recently threatened me with hospitalization.

By the way, that would guarantee Sandra Hutchens' federal imprisonment. So bienvenido!

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Don't hold back...tell us how you really feel.

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