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Bank Fraud

November 1, 2002

Las Vegas, Nev. - Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada and Ellen B. Knowlton, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that on November 1, 2002, the Honorable Kent J. Dawson sentenced Tan Khac Nguyen to a term of 27 months imprisonment, followed by a five-year term of supervised release, and ordered Nguyen to pay $340,080.63 in restitution for Nguyen's involvement in a bank fraud scheme that occurred in Las Vegas, Arizona, New Mexico and Ohio. On July 23, 2002, Nguyen pleaded guilty to 15 counts of a 40-count indictment charging him with defrauding Wells Fargo Bank in Las Vegas, Nevada. In executing the scheme, Nguyen obtained Wells Fargo account holder information, then presented a driver's license bearing his picture with the account holder's name at Wells Fargo banks throughout Las Vegas. He withdrew amounts ranging from $1,500 to $4,000 from the accounts. In all, he used the identities of 13 individuals during the course of his scheme. Nguyen also admitted to conducting the same scheme at other banks in Texas, Ohio, New Mexico and Arizona. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kathleen Bliss and investigated by FBI Special Agent Kathleen Magnifici.

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