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January 23, 1991 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lao Family Community Inc., a private, nonprofit agency under investigation by state authorities for alleged misuse of hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds earmarked for social service programs in the Laotian community, has filed for bankruptcy and closed it doors. The Garden Grove-based organization, which had several branch offices in the Fresno area, listed nearly $400,000 in debt in its petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation, filed Jan. 15. in federal bankruptcy court here.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1991 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lao Family Community Inc., a private, nonprofit agency under investigation by state authorities for alleged misuse of hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds earmarked for social service programs in the Laotian community, has filed for bankruptcy and closed it doors. The Garden Grove-based organization, which had several branch offices in the Fresno area, listed nearly $400,000 in debt in its petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation, filed Jan. 15. in federal bankruptcy court here.
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October 19, 1990 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state attorney general's office confirmed Thursday it is investigating allegations that Laotian refugees in Southern California were shaken down for contributions to a Laos liberation group as a condition for receiving social services.
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October 19, 1990 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state attorney general's office confirmed Thursday it is investigating allegations that Laotian refugees in Southern California were shaken down for contributions to a Laos liberation group as a condition for receiving social services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1990 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While maintaining his innocence, the former executive director of a community services agency serving Southeast Asian refugees has paid back $19,000 of the $57,000 he is accused of stealing from the organization, his attorney said Friday. "He's not a thief," attorney Bruce Bridgman said of his client, Kao Thao, 30, who was charged by the state attorney general's office with misappropriating public funds, embezzlement and grand theft from the Lao Family Community Inc.
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October 13, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Leaders of local Lao Family organizations in Fresno and Garden Grove have denied that their agencies are involved in "shakedowns" of ethnic Hmong refugees to fund a resistance movement in Laos.
NEWS
April 7, 1986
A former Laotian general who is now a leader of the refugee Hmong community in the United States chided his people in Fresno for threatening to murder social workers who visit their homes unannounced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1990 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former executive director of a community services agency serving Southeast Asian refugees has been charged with misappropriating public monies, embezzlement and grand theft, according to a complaint filed by the state attorney general's office. Kao Thao, 30, has been accused of fraudulently appropriating funds and property from Lao Family Community Inc. between Jan. 26 and May 31 while he was national director of the organization, state prosecutors said Thursday in a prepared statement.
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June 24, 1987 | HERMAN WONG, Times Staff Writer
Six years ago as an influx of Hmong refugees from Communist-controlled Laos reached dramatic numbers in the United States, 6,000 in Orange County alone, the mountain people of Southeast Asia were struggling to make their way in a vastly different society.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 1992 | REBECCA TAYLOR, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Merced police are taking to the airwaves to bridge the communications gap with the city's growing Southeast Asian community. Police have been airing videotapes each Tuesday and Friday on Merced's cable channels to inform the Asian community of the laws and their rights. "We're trying to reach all people in their own language," said Sgt. Gary Austin. "Sometimes people don't understand why things work as they do. That's what we're doing--telling them what their rights and the laws are."
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October 13, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Leaders of local Lao Family organizations in Fresno and Garden Grove have denied that their agencies are involved in "shakedowns" of ethnic Hmong refugees to fund a resistance movement in Laos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1990 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While maintaining his innocence, the former executive director of a community services agency serving Southeast Asian refugees has paid back $19,000 of the $57,000 he is accused of stealing from the organization, his attorney said Friday. "He's not a thief," attorney Bruce Bridgman said of his client, Kao Thao, 30, who was charged by the state attorney general's office with misappropriating public funds, embezzlement and grand theft from the Lao Family Community Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1990 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The dismissed director of an agency serving Southeast Asian refugees pleaded guilty Friday to embezzling more than $70,000 and his lawyer promised he would make full restitution. Kao Thao, 30, admitted misappropriating $70,577 from Lao Family Community Inc. of Garden Grove while serving as executive director between 1988 and last July. Under the deal struck with prosecutors, Thao could be sentenced to a maximum of one year in jail if he pays back the funds he embezzled.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1990 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Homicide investigators tentatively concluded Monday that a retired police sergeant acted in self-defense when he opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun on a group of armed teen-agers who smashed their way into his home. Earl Swoap, 53, killed one suspect and wounded two others in a bloody confrontation Thursday night as the intruders tried to flee from his salvos of buckshot. "This falls into the area of justifiable homicide," said Lt. Marc Hedgpeth, a police spokesman.
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