Court sentences six Rockford residents on federal fraud charges

Court sentences six Rockford residents on federal fraud charges

Matthew F. Kennelly, a US district judge, sentenced six Rockford residents on Monday in federal court on the charges of wire fraud or money laundering. According to the court documents, Leeform (John) Xayvandy, Sr., 39, pleaded guilty on Nov. 27, 2019, to one charge of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. Judge Kennelly sentenced him to three years in federal prison. He also ordered him to pay $3.18 million in restitution.

Judge Kennelly sentenced Som Xayvandy, 49, to 18 months in federal prison and ordered him to almost $2.77 million in restitution. Som pleaded guilty to one charge of wire fraud on Nov. 4, 2019. Vansy “Dee” Xayvandy, 45, was sentenced to 15 months in prison on one count of wire fraud. She pleaded guilty in the court on Jan. 27, 2020.

Judge Kennelly sentenced Christina “Tina” Xayvandy, 28, to 15 months in prison on one count of wire court. He also ordered her to pay $2.97 in restitution. Christina pleaded guilty on Nov. 4, 2019, to one count of wire fraud. Judge Kennelly sentenced Feuy Khaikham, 59, to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $2.03 in restitution. She pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering on Nov. 18, 2019.

Aung Gyaw, 25, was sentenced to six months of home confinement and ordered to pay almost $2.97 in restitution. He pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud on Jan. 3, 2020. Talia Bucci, an assistant US attorney, represented the government in the case. According to the court documents, the defendants were involved in fraudulently accepting and redeeming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits exchanged for discounted amounts of cash.

Bounleung “Tommy” Thamontri, 56, is the seventh defendant in the case. He was charged with wire fraud, food stamp fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Thamontri remains at large. John R. Lausch, Jr., the US attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, announced the sentences of six defendants along with other relevant officials.

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