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Fraud in Southern California

By Virginia L. Landry  Nov. 9, 2010 4:05p

In Santa Ana, California, 28 year old Tan Dung Tang, a Westminister Superstores bookkeeper and, 32 year old Chau Lee and 29 year old Tin Hung Do have been charged with embezzlement after the three friends funneled $500,000 in phony refund transactions to their personal accounts.

According to prosecutors, Tan Dung Tang illegally processed 171 fraudulent refunds amounting to $2,900 each to his personal accounts as well as those of Lee and Do. Both Tang and Lee have been charged with 33 felony counts, which include fraud and computer access charges. If they are convicted, they face up to 24 years in prison. Tin Hung Do has been charged with four felony counts and faces up to five years in jail if he is convicted. Fraud is considered a category of theft which includes a wide range of white collar crimes such as:

  • Credit card fraud
  • Check fraud
  • Mail fraud
  • Wire fraud
  • Mortgage fraud
  • Social security fraud
  • Bank fraud

In California, fraud offenses are called "wobblers," which means they can be charged as either felonies or misdemeanors depending on the nature of the crime. When you are charged with fraud, the possibility of being convicted of a felony is very high and representation from a skilled Orange County fraud attorney is vital to the outcome of your case. If you are convicted of a felony, you face incarceration in a state prison, fines, possible restitution, probation or parole and a permanent criminal record which will harm your future employment opportunities.

Get Legal Help

The good news about fraud charges is that people are usually trying to get their money back and if you are sent to prison, you won't be able to repay them for their losses. At the Low Offices of Ryan Rodriguez, we have experience defending clients who have been accused of fraud. We will aggressively seek to settle your fraud charges out of court so you don't have to face imprisonment and can move forward with your life.

Contact an Orange County Fraud Lawyer at our firm today for a free case evaluation.

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