Little Saigon Loan Shark Accused Of Using Cop As Enforcer Admits Guilt

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The Little Saigon businessman arrested in a loan-sharking scheme that allegedly used a Westminster Police Department officer as the enforcer against a bikini coffee shop owner for 60 percent annual interest has pleaded guilty.

After originally claiming innocence, Kevin Khanh Tuan Do admitted less than a week before a scheduled trial that he's guilty of a federal crime--lying to thwart FBI agents investigating the loan-sharking operation with surveillance and wiretapping.

According to the June 13 plea deal, the government will drop other charges while Do acknowledges that on August 30, 2013, he "knowingly and willfully made a materially false" statement denying his loan activities.

Do--a Fountain Valley resident known to have police and political connections by being generous with food and cocktails--must personally declare his guilt to U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter, who can accept or reject the deal.

The statutory maximum punishment for the violation is five years in prison, but given Do's decision to save the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) valuable resources at a trial, he'll likely receive leniency at a future sentencing hearing inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

The development prompted DOJ to seek postponement of this week's trial against Do's co-defendant, Westminster cop Anthony Duong Donner, until June 15, 2015.

Though Donner--who the FBI accuses of using his police job and equipment to harass Hanh Le, the alleged loan sharking victim--is in agreement with the delay, Judge Carter makes all trial date rulings.

Last week, the Weekly reported that Do wanted pre-trial assurances that his close, personal associations with Westminster City Councilman Andy Quach and former councilman Tyler Diep would be blocked from disclosure.

Le--who claims on duty Westminster police harassed her, her employees and customers with their obnoxious intrusions on behalf of Do--has filed a separate civil lawsuit against the loan shark, Donner as well as police chief Kevin Baker and officers Timothy Vu and Phuong Pham.

Though named in the lawsuit, there is no evidence yet I'm aware of that Baker was directly involved in any wrongdoing against Le.

The civil case is scheduled for a week trial in October 2015.

Go HERE to see our original report about the case and the arrests.

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shaunk71
shaunk71

This article and its title are misleading.

There was no finding or admission of loan sharking.

After the Defense challenged the alleged victim's credibility (who still has not been charged with her bribery of a public official as sworn to by the FBI in its complaint -and who then filed a civil lawsuit to gain financially from the initial accusations she made) and pointed out the lack of any prior similar crimes or allegations against Mr. Do and Mr. Donner, days before trial, the government offered Mr. Donner, the purported enforcer, DIVERSION without any guilty plea and Mr. Do a plea to the false statement he made when being questioned regarding his denial of ever telling his friend L.P. whether he made any loans whatsoever -not loan sharking.

If the case was as strong as you imply, it would not have resolved this way.

Shaun Khojayan

Attorney for Kevin Do

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18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

"Westminster cop Anthony Duong Donner"

Based on 17+ years of observation, about 20% of cops and deputies in #orangecounty CA are willing to commit the mafia trash criminal acts referenced here. Harassment and intimidation are common behavior by these assholes masquerading as integrity.

Therefore, this County requires a 1925 Anaheim style summer clearance minus pension. Continue this criminal garbage and a worldwide PR disaster is guaranteed. No one on this planet is going to be interested in funding sociopathic creeps with the same hate filled spirit as Donald Sterling, Bernie Madoff or pedophile priest.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Can the Judge deny the request to have the relationship between Do and Quach and Diep hidden? Or can he make the revelations mandatory? How about Janet Nguyen since she is also tied to this guy.

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