Cao: The anti-Robin Hood
Cao: The anti-Robin Hood

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.

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


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