Posted by on June 28, 2017 7:47 am
Categories: San Jose + South Bay


(BANT) – A San Jose woman pleaded guilty in federal court this week to eight criminal charges related to a scheme to recruit homeless people to participate in filing false tax returns to obtain false refunds.

Diep Vo, 74, also known as Nancy Vo, entered the plea before U.S District Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose on Monday.

She pleaded guilty to conspiring to file false claims, three counts of aiding in the filing of false claims, two counts of mail fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. Freeman will sentence her on Nov. 14.

A codefendant, Trong Nguyen, also known as John Nguyen, pleaded guilty in May to conspiring to submit and submitting false claims for refunds. He will be sentenced on July 25.

U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Abraham Simmons said evidence in the case showed that Vo recruited participants at homeless shelters and halfway houses by promising to help them get tax refunds intended for people who had not been working.

Vo had the participants give their names and social security numbers and sign a blank form. She and Nguyen then filed false tax returns claiming about $7,000 in income for each individual and said the fictitious income had been subject to tax withholding.

Vo and Nguyen then demanded kickbacks of a portion of the refund money received by each participant.

3 responses to SJ Woman Pleads Guilty To Recruiting Homeless People For Tax Fraud Scheme

  1. TIFOKCIS July 2nd, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Look around people and swallow the cold hard truth: all this diversity results in a rainbow of criminals. So much for getting rid of the evil YT.

  2. justaguy July 2nd, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    So I take it at some point in human history you believe that there was no crime. Then at some point in that history a race of humans just started doing crimes and what not and there is one or more races that do not commit crimes. If this is right you are flat out dumb.

  3. GrillNextDoor July 4th, 2017 at 7:29 pm


    We may be experiencing what we experienced in the 1980s (remember Miami Vice) when Castro opened the prisons and mental wards to allow Cubans to board boats to the U.S. and freedom. It took it’s toll on Florida. Criminals of every sort can simply stroll across our border at Tiajuana saying they are on a day trip to shop. Then, never go back. The whole world knows this, hence the variety of criminals taking “sanctuary” in our state.