MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Maplewood man is sentenced to more than seven years in prison for a scheme that took more than $1.2 million from Hmong Minnesotan families.

Seng Xiong, 49, was sentenced to 87 months in prison for taking $3,000 to $5,000 donations on what prosecutors say were false promises.

Xiong reportedly told donors he was working closely with the United States government and the United Nations to establish a homeland for the Hmong people somewhere in southeast Asia. Prosecutors say he promised donors 10 acres of land, a home and much more in the new country in exchange for their money.

Xiong was convicted of wire fraud and mail fraud in the case. He’ll also have to pay that $1.2 million in restitution to his donors as part of the sentence.

Comments (2)
  1. How can you blame him ? After all it was only excess welfare money he collected from Hmong receiving free food, free housing, free monthly cash payments, free healthcare, free lawyers, and free social services.

  2. Just deport him. After all, it was just excess welfare money they donated to him. With free housing, free food, free healthcare and free monthly cash welfare the Hmong should feel free to spend it overseas any way they want.

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