He promised a new Hmong homeland. Now they want their impounded cash back — for the same cause


When Seng Xiong asked Plia Yang for a donation two years ago toward a new Hmong homeland, the Milwaukee office assistant handed the Maplewood man $5,000 and her complete loyalty.

On Monday, Yang stood outside the federal courthouse in St. Paul to demand her money back from the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal authorities impounded more than $1.2 million from Seng Xiong as part of his federal conviction last year on fraud charges.

Yang, however, said she has no desire to put the $5,000 in her own bank account.

Instead, she hopes to use it “for his mission and vision,” she said. “If I got the money back, I would still keep it going.”

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