The world is forever changing, the underworld is as well. Even the one in South Boston better known as Southie. A local resident pleaded guilty on Thursday today in federal court in Boston to loansharking and gambling charges. For those thinking he is Irish or Italian, think again.
51-year-old Tam V. Nguyen is Vietnamese-American and worked as a bookmaker in South Boston. When a bettor didn’t want to pay his debt, Nguyen allegedly conspired to collect the large gambling debt by any means necessary. In an intercepted telephone call, Nguyen told a conspirator to “go ahead and be firm, be firm with him. That will make him afraid and try hard to take care of it. That’s all.”
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Nguyen is scheduled to be sentenced on September 11, 2019. He faces a maximum of 20 years behind bars.
As part of the same investigation, in August 2017, Vinh Quang Huynh, Quang PT Le, and Kim Nguyen, all of Dorchester, were charged with kidnapping, conspiracy to collect extension of credit by extortionate means, and operating an illegal gambling business.
Le was sentenced to six years in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $6,300 in May 2018. In March 2019, Kim Nguyen was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $6,300. In December 2017, Huynh pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. In addition, as part of the same case, Ban “Bo” Tran pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony and was sentenced in February 2019 to eight months in prison, one year of supervised release and ordered to pay a fine of $5,000.
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