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Manhattan man sentenced in Bethlehem restaurant identity theft case

Pheng Sathongoth Pheng Sathongoth

ALBANY, N.Y. – A 42-year old Manhattan man was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to identity theft.

Pheng Sathongoth was sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison and ordered to pay $4,549.64 in restitution in Albany County Court on Monday.

On March 31, 2014, Sathongoth pleaded guilty to one felony count of Identity Theft.

On August 5, 2013 the Bethlehem Police, United States Secret Service, United States Department of Homeland Security, New York State Police, and other local law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant pursuant to an identity theft investigation at the Golden Town Buffet on Route 9W in the Town of Bethlehem.

Authorities say the search warrant uncovered that Sathongoth, acting in concert with others, used stolen credit card numbers and identities to purchase thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise. One employee, Heng Li, 27, of Brooklyn, used a credit card skimmer device to obtain personal identification information of 39 credit card numbers by fraudulent pretenses.

LI also was in possession of a forged Michigan driver’s license and under an active deportation order at the time of the search warrant execution, as were three other employees that were present at the restaurant at that time.

On December 11, 2013, Li was sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years in State Prison after pleading guilty.

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