Calling the case a “sad and severe breach of public trust,” a federal judge on Monday sentenced a previous United States postal worker to 6 years in prison for taking more than 6,000 credit cards from undelivered mail.Chinh Vuong
, 49, of Garden Grove was a processing clerk in Santa Ana for more than 20 years prior to getting detained in 2015 for stealing charge card and selling them. His scam led to a loss of numerous thousands of dollars for Chase Bank and American Express, authorities said.
Vuong pleaded guilty in federal court in 2015 to one count of conspiracy to devote bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. He had confronted 32 years in prison.In his Monday sentencing, Judge Cormac Carney stated the number of taken charge card was troubling.”This wasn’t just a few cards that were taken,”he stated. “This is a risk to the stability of our monetary system.” In addition to federal jail time, Vuong was
ordered to pay about $295,000 in restitution to Chase and $30,000 to American Express.Prosecutors said Vuong, a mail clerk considering that
1989, took a minimum of 6,240 charge card in simply one year by stuffing them into his waistband and carrying them out to his automobile on his breaks. Authorities stated he targeted cards in envelopes that were marked as” underliverable.” A minimum of a few of the thefts happened while Chase was replacing old-style charge card with chip cards, so there was a greater volume of cards being mailed out to people.He would then offer the cards, offering, for instance, 11 cards for $500, or 132 for $5,000,
with his consumers then making unapproved purchases.Prosecutors said he made a minimum of $6,000 a month off of the scam, investing the funds on personal expenditures such as designer handbags and boots and two BMWs.In June 2015, he offered hundreds of cards to 2 law enforcement informants. Authorities then searched his Garden Grove house and seized 199 more stolen credit cards, and high-end items purchased with the cards, consisting of 2 dozen handbags by Prada, Louis Vuitton and Gucci and other brands.Speaking before the judge on Monday, Vuong apologized and stated he felt remorse for his “poor options and dumb errors.”Likewise speaking in court, a brother, Quan Vuong, asked the judge for leniency and stated Vuong has currently lost his cost savings and his retirement pension.He said Vuong, who originated from Vietnam as a refugee, has brought pity and humiliation to his household.”This nation has been so excellent to us, and we are sorry to have let it down,”he stated. “However we know he can change. He has actually altered for the much better.”