September 19, 2012 | 10:00am
Using great props to fake credibility, a shameless Orange County mother-son con artist team convinced investors to hand them as much as $2 million in a scam involving speaking engagements for U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush as well as former Vice President Al Gore.
After their 2011 federal indictments, Kuei Fuang Tsuei Hu and Jack Hu eventually admitted their guilt in the criminal plot and this week the mom received news of her punishment inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana.
Hu, 63, had argued for a sentence of no more than 30 months of incarceration, but U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter, who rejected government attempts to seal a portion of the case from public view, sentenced her instead to a term of 37 months.
Carter also ordered her and her 27-year-old son, who has not yet been formally sentenced, to pay more than $1,035,000 in restitution to victims.
The brazen scam victimized at least six individuals, according to court records reviewed by the Weekly.
Both defendants remain locked under federal custody inside the Santa Ana Jail.