Garden Grove man gets 11 years prison for ID theft

Deepa Bharath reports:

A 28-year-old Garden Grove man has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for orchestrating two identity theft schemes in which he got personal information from hundreds of consumers and used it to fraudulently obtain about $1.5 million from home equity lines of credit and credit card accounts, federal officials said today.

According to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s office, Martin Quoc Pham was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge George H. Wu, who also ordered Pham to pay $537,973.

Pham pleaded guilty in June to several felony charges, including aggravated identity theft related to identity fraud schemes. In both schemes, Pham obtained personal identifying information and with the help of co-conspirators, fraudulently accessed victims’ accounts to get money and other items, officials said.

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