HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Washington man is accused of fraud targeting members of the Vietnamese community in Connecticut and other states.
A federal grand jury in Hartford has charged 41-year-old Hai Van Nguyen for an online fraud scheme claiming legal sponsorship for people trying to come into the U.S. from Vietnam. In-court documents show Nguyen allegedly advertised on Facebook that clients could legally enter the U.S. through his company “New Saigon Entertainment,” all with the promise of a green card and American citizenship within a five-year period.
Federal prosecutors say Nguyen convinced two members of the Vietnamese community here in Connecticut to help him recruit more clients. Those two clients were convinced to collect deposits for Nguyen in Connecticut, South Carolina, Maine, and Arizona. Nguyen’s scheme didn’t only affect victims in those states; other victims were also in Ohio and Texas.
Prosecutors accuse Nguyen of stealing more than $500,000 from people looking to bring their family members to the United States legally.