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

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lam Nguyen Pleads Guilty To Theft Of Government Funds

LAM NGUYEN, age 40, of New Orleans, Louisiana, pled guilty in federal court today before U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr., to theft of government funds, announced U. S. Attorney Dana Boente.

According to court documents, NGUYEN’s mother was receiving social security benefits before her death. When she died, these benefits should have terminated. However, NGUYEN continued to receive the benefit checks, which were sent to his residence. NGUYEN deposited the checks into his bank account. NGUYEN converted these funds to his personal use knowing that he was not entitled to receive those benefits.

NGUYEN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000.00 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Sentencing is set for May 15, 2013.

The case was investigated by the United States Social Security Administration- Office of Inspector General, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Loan “Mimi” Nguyen.

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Updated November 18, 2014