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CASE NAME:United States v. Fang Ping Ding
ALL PLAINTIFFS:
ALL DEFENDANTS:Fang Ping Ding, Wei Wei Liang, Bo Shen
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DOCKET NUMBER:09-cr-00573
SOURCE:Bloomberg, DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Saundra Brown Armstrong
YEAR OF ARREST:2009
YEAR OF VERDICT:2010
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:California
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Northern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:China
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):3
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Domestic Servant
FIRST CHARGE:Unlawful conduct regarding documents in furtherance of forced labor
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. 1592
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:37 months + 36 months supervised release + $100 special assessment
SECOND CHARGE:Harboring an illegal alien for private financial gain
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) and (B)(i)
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:3 years supervised release + $100 special assessment
THIRD CHARGE:Conspiracy to harbor an illegal alien for purposes of private financial gain
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) and (B)(i)
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:37 months + 36 months supervised release
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$83,866.61
FINE IMPOSED:$100 special assessment for each defendant
FORFEITURE IMPOSED:$346,000
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SUMMARY:

The victim, a Chinese national, was recruited by defendants in China and entered the United States on a B1/B2 visa, which she obtained upon defendants' instruction and advice. Once in the United States, defendant Ding confiscated the victim's passport, visa, and other documents and forced the victim to work without pay as a live-in domestic servant. Ding also maintained control over the the victim through physical abuse and by threatening to falsely report her to law enforcement. To avoid detection by law enforcement, defendants instructed the victim not to leave the house. The victim was forced to work for defendants from approximately April 2008, when she arrived in the United States, to April 2009, when it appears she was rescued by local law enforcement.

Wei Wei Liang and Bo Shen, Ping's daughter and son-in-law, respectively, were convicted on related a charge of illegally harboring the victim.

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