Behind the Crime Scene - A True Crime Podcast
A “Kite” defined: 1) a child’s toy consisting of a light frame with thin material stretched over it, flown in the wind at the end of a long string; or 2) a death threat written on a small piece of paper and folded in a triangle with a string that is secretly sent from inside a maximum security prison.
A photo of three-year-old Cameron Burt dressed in his father’s CHP uniform sits on the desk at a Los Angeles law firm. It’s a reminder of justice served, but also the value of human life.
On July 13, 1996, Hung Mai, a Vietnamese gang leader from the Little Saigon District of Orange County, killed CHP officer Don Burt during a routine traffic stop after Burt found counterfeit travelers checks in the trunk of Mai’s car. Mai shot Burt seven times.
Two months after his murder, Officer Burt’s wife delivered their baby boy, Cameron.
Mai fled to Texas and flopped at the home of Alex Nguyen. Alex turned on Mai, and he was arrested and taken into custody without issue. Incredibly, the day after the arrest, someone identifying himself as a Fullerton police officer called the Houston city jail and ordered Mai’s release. Jail officials prepared Mai to be set free but stopped short of releasing him when the hoax was discovered.
Mai was transported back to the Orange County jail where he attempted to set up an elaborate and organized Asian Mafia. He and his gang of thugs, on the inside and outside, continued distributing counterfeit travelers checks, drugs and illegal machine guns.
Expecting to spend the rest of his life in jail, Mai wrote a letter to Topo Peters, the godfather of the Mexican Mafia who was serving time in Pelican Bay. Mai wanted to unite Asian Gangs with the Mexican Mafia. The letter was intercepted, and the FBI was invited into the investigation.
Find out more as we go Behind the Crime Scene with Marc Greenberg .
Marc Greenberg is a partner at Tucker Ellis LLP in the Los Angeles and Orange County offices. He is a former federal prosecutor for the Central District of California, who currently concentrates his practice in assisting clients with: white collar criminal defense; cyber-crime, environmental and workplace safety emergency response; maritime and energy issues; and litigating business disputes.
Mr. Greenberg has experience handling high profile cases, having prosecuted and defended many matters of public interest, including a wide array of white-collar criminal matters, such as public corruption, tax fraud, money laundering, bribery, antitrust, theft of trade secrets, off-label marketing, importation violations, securities fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and cyber crimes. Mr. Greenberg has appeared as a prosecutor and/or as a defense lawyer before the Ninth and Third Circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Mr. Greenberg is regularly sought out to advise clients on regulatory compliance, as well as supervise internal investigations.
During his tenure with the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Greenberg received numerous awards and commendations, including the Department of Justice Director's Award and the Prosecutor of the Year Award from the International Association of Credit Card Investigators. Mr Greenberg's responsibilities included supervision and prosecution of long-term investigations of international money laundering, extortion, securities and fraud-related offenses, as well as several high profile cases, one of which was featured on "60 Minutes."