Maplewood Man Sentenced For Defrauding People With False Promise Of Hmong Homeland
Seng Xiong preyed upon “the open wounds” of particularly vulnerable people within the Hmong community when the Maplewood man promised them access to a new Hmong homeland in Southeast Asia in exchange for money, a federal judge said Wednesday.
Through his lies, the 49-year-old defrauded more than 400 Hmong people from across the United States — many of them elderly — of thousands of dollars each. Their contributions totaled about $1.7 million.
U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson went above federal guidelines in sentencing Xiong to more than seven years in prison. He also was ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution and comply with a long list of conditions upon his release.
As Seng Xiong was sentenced in St. Paul, about 50 of his supporters outside waved signs and shouted demands for his release.
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