USA vs. YUE VANG (list of social media accounts and usernames: Click here)
File number: 22-cr-98, District of Minnesota
Charges: Production of child pornography, possession of child pornography and interstate communications with intent to extort
Charging document: Information
Press release: Click here
Summary of offenses:
This is a “sextortion” case brought in the District of Minnesota. On May 24, 2022, defendant Yue Vang was charged in federal court with exploiting over 500 underage girls identified on multiple social media and chat platforms. From 2015 until around September 30, 2020, the defendant adopted the persona of real underage girls and impersonated these girls to encourage other underage girls to produce child pornography and send it to him. When individuals refused to comply, the accused threatened and disseminated sexually explicit images and videos of underage victims. The accused also used underage girls to contact other underage girls on his behalf.
The accused used multiple social media platforms including Snapchat, Instagram, Kik, Yubo, Skype, Facebook and Hoop to perpetuate his sextortion scheme. Defendant’s social media account names include, but are not limited to, “Yvanime”, “Mickey-Rawr”, “AnimeDork69”, “Animedorktw”, “Bobo195” and “Fushu2”.
Questions and answers section
- I received a letter in the mail from the FBI asking me about the case. Is this letter legit? Should I fill it out?
Yes, and yes please. As part of our victim outreach, federal law enforcement has sent letters to all identified victims in the case, providing the same type of information we provide here and elsewhere online. This letter will ask victims to complete a questionnaire, a victim impact statement and an online restitution form. If you received such a letter, it is from federal law enforcement.
If you doesn’t receiving a letter does not mean that you are not a victim of exploitation by Yue Vang. We strive to identify victims through our records, but we also rely on the public to identify themselves as victims.
- How do I know if I am a victim in the Yue Vang case?
Law enforcement has identified numerous victims in the Vang case. Federal agents have contacted some of these victims in person, by phone, and are also sending letters to identified minors in the case requesting information about the victims.
If you haven’t been contacted by law enforcement, it doesn’t mean you aren’t a victim. As we continue to investigate the matter, we are asking individuals to identify themselves if they have been contacted or communicated with Yue Vang.
- Why was the case brought to Minnesota? What if I don’t live in Minnesota?
The Yue Vang exploitation scheme occurred across the United States, so a federal case could have been brought in many different locations across the country. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota investigated and brought the case. The fact that the case was brought in Minnesota does not affect your rights as a victim, regardless of where you live.
Victim impact statement and restitution claims:
Anyone who believes they have been wronged by the defendant’s criminal acts described above may submit a statement to the court for review. Please complete the Victim Statement and Restitution form: Click here.
No one from the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, or the FBI will ask you to provide personally identifiable information, financial account information, or send money for any purpose to the inside or outside the United States.
Information on victims’ rights:
Pursuant to the Crime Victims Rights Act, 18 USC § 3771, the Department of Justice is required to notify persons who may have been harmed as a direct result of criminal offenses for which an accused has been convicted. . In this context, “injured” is broadly defined and not limited to monetary loss. This office uses the Victim Notification System (“VNS”) and other methods, including web pages and press releases, to ensure that potential victims receive timely notice of public events related to a case. Cut this because we don’t use VNS? / Don’t want to confuse known victims visiting the page For more information, go to https://www.justice.gov/usao/resources/crime-victims-rights-ombudsman/victims-rights-act
Other federal laws, including the Mandatory Victim Restitution Act (“MVRA”), 18 USC § 3663A and 18 USC § 2259, govern restitution in this case. Restitution is a determination by the judge that a victim is entitled to monetary compensation for losses suffered as a direct result of a crime for which an accused has been convicted. This is not a guarantee of payment. Under these laws, the sentencing judge determines who a victim is and how much compensation they are entitled to.
Eligible victims may be entitled to compensation for: medical and psychological/psychiatric services; necessary transportation, temporary accommodation and childcare costs; lost income; reasonable attorneys’ fees and other costs incurred; and any other relevant loss suffered by the victim proximally caused by the accused’s crimes. Compensable expenses incurred while participating in the criminal investigation or prosecution or while traveling to court proceedings for the case may also be included, such as loss of income, childcare, transportation and d ‘other expenses.
Resources for victims
- United States Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General – Project Safe Childhood: Protecting Children from Online Exploitation and Abuse
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – Resources for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
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