Federal agents in the US are investigating a man of Vietnamese origin for a massive immigration scam, saying he allegedly cheated several people nationwide out of more than US$1 million, local media reported Tuesday.
Hai Van Nguyen, 40, of Washington has been charged with fourth-degree felony theft by deception, the Cleveland news website quotes authorities as saying.
Ohio police said they turned their investigation over to the FBI after finding at least four more victims across the country had given about $1 million to Nguyen, following his promise to secure work visas for Vietnamese immigrants.
According to police reports, federal agents are investigating the possibility of even more victims. Nguyen reportedly uses the money to fuel a pervasive gambling habit.
Ohio police opened the investigation on February 7, after the owner of a nail salon reported being scammed out of $65,000.
Police say Nguyen lured victims through a variety of Facebook pages and by placing advertisements in Vietnamese newspapers.