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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 7, 2013

Owner Of Seafood Distribution Business, Vinh Q. Tran, Sentenced For Bribery

VINH Q. TRAN, age 63, a resident of Cutoff, Louisiana, was sentenced today in federal court by U.S. District Court Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown, to six months home confinement followed by three years probation for bribing a public official, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

According to court documents, on January 5, 2012, TRAN pled guilty to one count of a bill of information admitting that on or about August 2007 until on or about April 2011, he bribed a public official of the United States Internal Revenue, with the intent to influence an IRS audit being conducted of his seafood distributing business.  TRAN paid $6,000 cash and other things of value to the public official.

The case was investigated by the Department of the Treasury, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Julia K. Evans.