United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Fresno Man Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison for Conspiring to Commit Bank Fraud and Postal Crimes
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Monday, October 1, 2012
Docket #: 1:12-cr-00078-LJO-SKO
FRESNO, Calif. —Dang Vang, 31, of Fresno, was sentenced today to two years of federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill for conspiring to commit postal crimes, announced U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.
According to court documents, Dang Vang and his brother, co-defendant Bee Jay Vang, conspired to cash stolen checks at financial institutions in the Fresno area. As part of their scheme, Dang Vang and Bee Jay Vang stole the identity of an individual and opened a bank account at Bank of Sierra in the victim’s name on March 12, 2010. They then cashed numerous stolen checks in the name of the victim at financial institutions in the Fresno area from March through April of 2010. In addition, on November 29, 2012, Dang Vang was found by law enforcement to be in possession of stolen U.S. mail and counterfeit postal keys. Dang Vang admitted that his conspiracy caused more than $30,000 in loss to more than 50 victims.
This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Fresno Police Department, and the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Grant B. Rabenn is prosecuting the case.
Co-conspirators Bee Jay Vang and Scott Anthony Pedro pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing before Judge O’Neill on October 15, 2012 and November 26, 2012, respectively.