OC Get-Rich Swindler Gets Big Prison Term in San Diego Case


What federal authorities called a “six-year crime spree” for a 30-year-old Orange County businessman ended this week in San Diego when a federal judge sentenced him to spend the next 30 years in prison.

Get-rich-seminar host Thanh Viet “Jeremy” Cao of Rancho Santa Margarita drove around in a $200,000 Bentley as a prop in his Ponzi schemes that stole more than $12 million from 200 people, according to federal prosecutors. 
Authorities in Orange County had previously convicted Cao on extortion charges after he threatened to kill a business associate's family if the man didn't pay him money.

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Next, Cao–who continues to insist he is a victim of an unidentified swindler himself–faces charges in Nevada.
The Weekly's Matt Coker outlined Cao's crimes HERE in a July story.
–R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.

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