LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles County social worker has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for filing federal tax returns in the names of 197 people in an effort to snare $2 million in refunds.

Federal prosecutors say 63-year-old Trang Van Dinh of El Monte pleaded guilty in February to identity theft and filing false tax claims. He was sentenced Monday to 46 months in prison.

Dinh was an eligibility worker for the county Department of Social Services and he had access to names and Social Security numbers of people seeking public assistance.

He filed tax returns seeking $2.2 million in refunds and the Internal Revenue Service issued checks for $1.2 million.

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Comments (2)
  1. Jesus Gomez says:

    This individual was an Eligibility Worker and not a Social Worker, you should correct the title of your article. DPSS does not employ Social Workers

  2. Really says:

    For months in prison for a million dollars. Sign me up. I’v been unemployed for four months. If I had a free ticket to steal a million dollars and serve four months in jail I would do it too. Nobody goes to jail for scams in California. One day the people will rise like in the middle east. Guy steals a million dollars and does four months? You know that was reduced to probation. Nobody believes in god. Take what you can get on this earth. In California anyway.

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