Thursday, May 27, 2010

California Attorney Sentenced In $900K Embezzlement Scheme

Mel Wayne Campbell, 56, of Orange County, California, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for his role in an embezzlement scheme that bilked nearly $900,000 from Kia Motors America, Inc. Prosecutors alleged that Campbell conspired with his now former wife, Cecile Nhung Campbell, 55, a certified public accountant who was formerly employed at Kia Motors, along with her brother, Long Ngoc Ho, 50. Together, the trio misappropriated some $889,000 from the company by setting up a fake company called U.S. Customs Service Detail in 2002 and issuing phony invoices for which Cecile Campbell (pictured here) executed three large wire transfers for payment. Mel Campbell pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count of receiving stolen property and three felony counts of money laundering, and sentencing enhancements for aggravated white collar crime and property damage. Mel Campbell has resigned from the Bar. Cecile Campbell faces up to nearly 17 years in prison while Ho faces up to 12 years.

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