A Viet woman who hid her assets to get public assistance, and her Viet aunt and uncle who fronted for her, were sentenced to 2 years in prison and $140,000 in restitution, according to the OC DA here.
The three pleaded guilty on 11/23 and were sentenced on 11/30.
The rich-but-claiming-to-be-poor woman is Lieu Thi Ha, 38, of Westminster. She was sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in state prison, after pleading guilty to a total of 50 felony counts of perjury, grand theft, and public assistance fraud.
Apparently, she lied and hid her ownership of a Los Angeles nail salon and a Westminster home, and failed to report income received from tenants who rented rooms in her house.
Hiding all these assets and income, Ha applied for and received over $140,000 in various forms of public assistance, including housing, cash, child care services, and food stamps.
Her aunt Hue Thi Chu, 37, and Chu’s ex-husband Hai Dien Luu, 49, both of Garden Grove, helped her by pretending the house was theirs. Chu also pretended to be the caretaker for the children so Ha could get state payments — but at the time Chu was not living in the U.S. The child care assistance amounted to over $7,700.
Ha applied for, and got, Section 8 housing assistance for living in the home that her aunt and uncle fronted for her. For this, Ha received over $88,000 in Section 8 money.
For their part in the fraud – which took place when the two were still married – Chu and Luu each got 2 years in prison.