FROM: Amy Cornell, Public Information Officer   CONTACT PERSON:  Sylvia Seidel, Deputy District Attorney Public Assistance Fraud Unit (408) 792-2509   For release on September 5, 2008   WOMAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN TWO YEARS STATE PRISON FOR $176,000 PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCAM   43-year old Hong Nhu Le of San Jose was sentenced to two years and four months in state prison on one felony count of Fraud in Obtaining Food Stamps and AFDC (Aid to Families With Dependent Children), and three felony counts of Grand Theft.  Her longtime live-in boyfriend, 50-year old An Quang Nguyen, was sentenced to 6 months in county jail on December 17, 2007, on two felony counts of Grand Theft.  The convictions are the result of an investigation conducted by the District Attorney’s Public Assistance Fraud Division.   From 1995 to 2005, Le received $61,788 in cash aid and food stamps benefits based on her false claim that two separate men fathered her two children, and that neither of those men were living with Le and her children. From 2003 to 2005, Le received $33,962 in child care subsidies and enrolled Nguyen as her children’s care provider.  From 1999 to 2006, she received $80,356 in subsidized housing benefits.    Le lied about the identity of the father of her children; Nguyen is the biological father of both children.  During the period that she received aid, Nguyen lived with Le and her two children.  Nguyen also collected subsidized rent payments from the Housing Authority as a subsidized landlord.  The pair also operated a catering truck.    Le fraudulently collected $176,106 in benefits over the ten years of her scheme.   The fraud was discovered from an anonymous tip made to the Public Assistance Fraud Division.  Anyone with information concerning welfare fraud (public assistance fraud) should contact the Public Assistance Fraud Hotline at (408) 577-7377.   # # #

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