A man allegedly scammed people in Vietnamese communities in Connecticut and other states by promising legal United States sponsorship in exchange for cash, prosecutors said.
The grand jury returned a 23-count indictment charging Hai Van Nguyen, 31, of Lynwood, Washington, with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, two counts of mail fraud and 20 counts of wire fraud.
Nguyen allegedly promised his victims an avenue to legal sponsorship in the country from Vietnam through advertisements on Facebook, the U.S. attorney's office said.
Nguyen, who said he the company New Saigon Entertainment, guaranteed clients a green card upon their arrival to the U.S. and citizenship within five years, prosecutors said.
Two Connecticut residents were convinced by Nguyen to help him recruit clients for his fake company. The residents collected deposits towards Nguyen's $35,000 fee pursuant to more than 50 contracts from people in Connecticut, South Carolina, Maine and Arizona.
Ngugyen stole more than $500,000 in total.
it is not clear if he had an attorney.