Truong, aka Linh Thi Truong, 40, of Clovis, was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for a conspiracy to defraud lenders while buying homes to use to grow marijuana, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
On April 9, 1012, Truong pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. In pleading guilty, Truong acknowledged that she had conspired with her mortgage broker, Monique Nguyen, aka Monique Dzu Le, 62, to defraud GreenPoint Mortgage Funding Inc. in order to obtain a $545,000 loan to purchase a residential property in Willits. She overstated her income, misrepresented her job title, and made other false statements. The house was converted into a marijuana cultivation operation. Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies seized 856 marijuana plants from the Willits property, and grow lights and equipment from Truong’s residence in Clovis. Nguyen was convicted of mortgage fraud in this case.