The federal judge overseeing the FBI case of the Little Saigon businessman, who recently admitted guilt stemming from a loan-sharking operation that allegedly used a Westminster Police Department cop as the enforcer, will be sentenced Sept. 15.
U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter quizzed Kevin Khanh Tuan Do and then accepted his guilty plea on June 13.
Carter also re-scheduled the trial of remaining defendant Anthony Duong Donner, who is accused of using his cop job to aid Do, until June 16, 2015, inside Orange County’s Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.
An FBI wiretap and surveillance operation resulted in the August 2013, charges against the men for illegally charging 60 percent annual interest on a loan to a Vietnamese American immigrant who owned a coffee shop with bikini waitresses.
Hanh Le, the owner of the shop, has filed a separate civil rights lawsuit alleging that Do and Donner as well as other police officers routinely harassed her, her employees and customers in the scheme.
Donner, who apparently lived rent-free at Do’s Fountain Valley house, has pleaded not guilty and is no longer on the force.
Do remains on bail until his sentencing hearing.
The case has gained notoriety, in part, because Do had ties to politicians like Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen as well as Westminster city politicians Andy Quach and Tyler Diep.
In fact, prior to his guilty plea, Do had asked Carter to block prosecutors from introducing trial evidence involving his dining and drinks dates with politicians.
Cops have tried to explain away time spend on-duty inside the bikini cafe as merely an interest in ogling hot waitresses.
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