Former Orange Co. sheriff’s detective charged with money laundering in housing scandal
A former Orange County sheriff’s detective who resigned earlier this year amid a federal investigation is expected to plead guilty next week to a federal money laundering charge in exchange for a lesser prison sentence.
Chad Wayne Hogan, 47, is accused of stealing more than $187,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to a charging document filed this week by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice in a Beaumont federal court.
The U.S. government accuses Hogan of depositing 4,302 checks to his personal bank account between March 2009 and August 2015.
The former detective is accused of being part of a conspiracy to defraud HUD and residents who lived at the Beverly Place Apartments in Groves, according to the charging document. He is named as a co-defendant in court filings with Nhung Tuyet Nguyen, 50.
Nguyen, who also goes by Sandy Nguyen, was the assistant manager at Beverly Place Apartments from 2007 until the end of last year, according to a factual basis and stipulation document filed in her case by Tortorice last month.
Hogan is expected to plead guilty to one count of federal money laundering at a Thursday hearing, according to his attorney Ryan Gertz. In exchange for his guilty plea, Hogan is expected to receive a sentence of one year and one day in federal prison, Gertz said. With the plea agreement, Hogan avoids a possible maximum 20-year sentence and $500,000 fine.