Minnesota Woman Sentenced to 4 Years in Ginseng Scam
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A Minnesota woman has been sentenced to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty in an elaborate ginseng farm fraud scheme.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says 51-year-old Mai Vang of Brooklyn Center pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft-by-swindle charges. Vang also must pay restitution of more than $480,000 to the nine victims she defrauded.
Vang had eluded arrest for two years after charges were filed against her in 2017. She was found in Georgia in March and extradited to Minnesota.
Prosecutors say Vang convinced members of Minnesota's Hmong community to invest in a ginseng farm she claimed to own near Wausau, Wisconsin.