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Monday, July 30, 2012

Accused Con Artists Indicted for Defrauding Bay Area Company

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 2:39 PM

  • Now they will have plenty of time to learn Photoshop

A San Francisco federal grand jury indicted two Southern California men for allegedly duping companies into thinking they had contracts to help clean up post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.

The feds have accused Ngoc Duong of  Fountain View and Hong Lee Wong of Torrance of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft against three companies, one based in San Mateo County.

According to the feds, the two men told the companies that they had a contracting agreement with the City of New Orleans that put them in charge of removing and recycling scrap metal from a Hurricane Katrina-damaged Six Flags amusement park.

The alleged crooks went as far as to draw up fake documents bearing New Orleans' city officials names and e-mail addresses. However, their Photoshopping skills were a little too amateur, drawing attention from the feds.

The indictment doesn't indicate whether the two defendants were able to actually shake the companies down for some money, but they didn't have to; the fraudulent documents were enough to potentially land them in prison for 20 years, according to federal prosecutors. They might also have to pay a $250,000 fine.

They are slated to appear in court in San Francisco on Aug. 6.

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