Third man admits guilt in gambling, kidnapping plot; victim worked with officials
A Dorchester man who was indicted for his role in the kidnapping and beating of another man over a gambling debt in 2016 pled guilty last week in federal court.
Kim Nguyen is one of four Dorchester men who allegedly participated in the plot. He is the first to be convicted and will be sentenced in January, according to a statement from the US Attorney’s office last week.
Nguyen, 25, admitted guilt on kidnapping, conspiracy to collect extensions of credit by extortionate means, and operating an illegal gambling business charges.
His co-defendants are Vinh Huynh, 35; Quang PT Le, 27; and Ban “Bo” Tran, 26, all of Dorchester. Tran is only charged with running an illegal gambling business, for which he is expected to plead guilty this month.
Le — who the FBI says used a knife as part of the abduction— was sentenced to six years in prison. Huynh pled guilty last year is is still awaiting sentencing.
After the kidnapping incident, the victim went to authorities and in cooperation with them then made payments totaling $22,350. In August 2017, Nguyen, Le, and the others were arrested before the last payment was due.