Maplewood man accused of stealing from Hmong elders in fraud scheme

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By Liz Sawyer Star Tribune
 
(06/15/2016)  —  A Maplewood man was charged in federal court Wednesday with having defrauded Hmong elders out of more than $1.3 million in a scheme that promised property and homes in a new Southeast Asian homeland. {sidebar id=1}
 
Seng Xiong, 48, is facing one count each of wire and mail fraud for targeting elderly members of his community, according to the charges. Xiong was arrested March 24 at Los Angeles International Airport while trying to board a flight to Thailand.
 
The pitchman used aggressive marketing tactics presented online under the organizations “International Fund for Hmong Development” and “Hmong Tebchaws,” records show.