Monday, February 14, 2011

Former Congressional Candidate Sentenced to Prison for Lying During Investigation Into Campaign Letters

SANTA ANA, CATan Nguyen, who ran for the United States House of Representatives in 2006, was sentenced this morning to one year and one day in federal prison for his conviction last year on a federal obstruction of justice charge stemming from lies he told to California investigators about his involvement in a letter sent to Latino voters during the campaign.

Nguyen, a 35-year-old Oceanside resident, was sentenced by United States District Judge David O. Carter, who presided over two trials last year. In addition to the prison term, Judge Carter ordered Nguyen to serve six months at a residential reentry center, also known as a halfway house.

Prior to imposing a prison term, Judge Carter said, "The standard of ethics that the public expects of their officials is high."

A federal jury in December found Nguyen guilty of obstruction of justice for lying to the California Department of Justice, which was investigating numerous complaints from Latino voters in the 47th Congressional District in Orange County. The complaints came after approximately 14,000 voters in the district received a letter in Spanish that made certain claims about who was eligible to vote and what would happen to immigrant voters if they cast ballots. The mailer went out on letterhead that was similar to that of an anti-illegal immigration group, the California Coalition for Immigration Reform, which had nothing to do with the letter.............

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