Man sentenced in Sacramento for massive ID theft scheme

A Long Beach man accused of conducting a massive identity theft scheme was sentenced today in federal court in Sacramento to more than 12 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr. sentenced That Tien Truong Nguyen, 34, to 12 years and seven months in prison for conspiring to commit computer fraud and access device fraud, access device fraud, possession of stolen access devices and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The case resulted from and investigation by the U.S. Secret Service and the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.

According to court documents, in 2007, Nguyen ran about 20 websites that resembled financial institution websites to fool customers into divulging their personal information. He then passed the identification information to people who used it to open credit and make purchases.

Analysis of Nguyen’s computer showed that he possessed credit cards and complete identities – including names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers – for 38,500 individuals, according to a federal Department of Justice news release.

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