- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Colorado businessman and his girlfriend are facing charges for allegedly defrauding an Oregon retiree of more than $2.5 million and spending the bulk of it gambling in Las Vegas.

The Oregonian reports (https://goo.gl/SzKTgC) that Hiep Cong Van and his girlfriend, Thy Minh Phan, appeared in court Monday. Van pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Phan’s arraignment was rescheduled, because she required an interpreter who spoke Vietnamese.

Federal court papers say the couple persuaded a retiree listed only as “R.W.” to loan them money with the promise of returns on his investment. But the government claims Van and Phan instead used R.W.’s money to gamble at casinos.

R.W. had been a customer of Van’s landscaping business near Denver before he retired in Oregon.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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