Orange CountyJohn Tran, a former Asian social worker from the Social Services Agency, was sentenced to 57 months in prison and a fine of 1,110,288 yuan on September 18. He took advantage of his position to steal clients’ personal information and forged documents to obtain nearly one million yuan .tax refund.He was also accused of taking advantage of customerspersonal informationOpen a bank account and earn money from it.
The Justice Department said John Tran is a resident of Fountain Valley. He pleaded guilty in November 2019 to one count of conspiracy, three counts of mail fraud and one count of identity theft.
From August 2010 to June 2019, John Tran, along with others, defrauded the federal, California and Orange County governments and banks of approximately one million dollars. He and his accomplices obtained a total of 973,153 yuan through 433 fraudulent applications for tax refunds. John Tran also used the victim’s personal information to open more than 12 bank and credit card accounts and profited from them.
John Tran began working for the Orange County Department of Social Services in 1994 until October 2018; During this period, they repeatedly stole customers’ personal information to commit fraud, and the victims were mainly new immigrants.
John Tran took advantage of his position to send the victim’s personal information to a tax preparation company to prepare 1099 forms, and defrauded the IRS of obtaining income tax refunds and child tax refunds in the victim’s name. In addition to illegally obtaining government tax refunds, she also defrauded two clients of $44,604 and the Orange County Department of Social Services of $92,531.
The other defendants in the case, Anton Nguyen, 54, and Rosemary Pham, 65, also pleaded guilty and were sentenced. Anton Nguyen was sentenced to 41 months in prison and a fine of $3,773,282. Rosemary Pham pleaded guilty on July 14. The sentence will be determined at a court hearing on October 30.
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