The federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has no parole, but there are ways for a federal prisoner to shorten a sentence length. One way is to successfully complete a 13-week Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP), earning up to 12 months of credit toward release.
Enter RDAP Law Consultants, LLC, a Detroit consulting firm founded by Tony Tuan Pham, a former BOP prisoner who promised to help with the process. In reality, the firm’s “training” consisted of teaching prisoners without a substance abuse problem how to get into RDAP, showing them ways to feign alcohol and drug problems by showing up drunk when reporting to prison or fake withdrawal symptoms once incarcerated.
As previously reported by PLN, Pham pleaded guilty in December 2019 to federal charges of wire fraud in connection to his scheme. [See: PLN, Aug. 2020, p.32.]
On December 10, 2021, Pham, 52, was sentenced in Connecticut federal district court to return to BOP custody for six years, followed by three years of supervised release. According to BOP’s website, he is currently held at the Federal Correctional Institution in Morgantown, West Virginia. There was no word whether he will be eligible for RDAP.
Source: Department of Justice
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