Report: #1055927

Complaint Review: Thuy LI - Thuy-Duyen Thi Huynh

  • Submitted: Mon, June 03, 2013
  • Updated: Sun, August 25, 2013
  • Reported By: DLWJustice — Allen Texas
  • Thuy LI - Thuy-Duyen Thi Huynh


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Below is an abridged version of referral complaints made with the IRS (March 2013) and the California Franchise Tax Board (June 2013) regarding amateur Playboy model Thuy Li (real name Thuy-Duyen Thi Huynh) long running tax evasion. In a deposition on April 16, 2013 while under oath, Thuy Li admitted to not reporting a substantial amount of her income to either the IRS or the FTB. That information along with banking and credit card records has been turned over to the IRS and the FTB. I have been informed that an investigation into these allegations is underway. This report will be updated as more information becomes available. If she wants to dispute these allegations, Thuy Li is free to take legal action which will of course require her to produce her tax records. [continued below]....





Re: Federal and State Income Tax Evasion/Obstruction Referral


Thuy-Duyen Thi Huynh AKA “THUY LI”



Thuy-Duyen Thi Huynh aka Thuy Li is a 28-year old amateur Playboy model and “bikini bartender”. She is a resident of Irvine, CA and previously lived in Tustin, CA and Orange, CA.  Over the last 10 years she has bragged about not reporting a substantial amount of her income, approximately $100,000 per year. Ms. Huynh has stated on several occasions that she makes over $500 (sometimes as much as a $1,000 or more) a day in tips and never reports any of them. She has claimed that for the last 7 years she has averaged more than $10,000 a month in tips. There are email messages from her that support this. There is no question that Ms. Huynh is displaying an astonishing level of depraved indifference to the law and the authority of the  FTB. At the bottom are all of her bank account and credit card numbers as well as the location of her safe deposit box at Wells Fargo.






An example of how much income Ms.Huynh is not reporting each year is her 2010 IRS tax return. That year she claimed that she made approximately $14,800 in income although her cost of living and spending habits show that she really made more than $100,000. Her total rent that year was $18,180, which she paid from her earnings. She paid more than $25,000 to American Express and over $35,000 for her Citibank credit card. She also wrote checks or made withdrawals for another $15,000 from her Wells Fargo and Chase checking accounts. She paid $7,000 in cash to Dr. Frederic Corbin, M.D. for breast augmentation and $3,000 to Dr. Richard Moy for foot surgery.  That is over $100,000 in spending in one year alone, on reported income of under $15,000.  This was not a one-off year – it is the same situation every year going back to the early 2000s.




In October, 2008, Huynh was sued for embezzlement and accounting fraud in Superior Court, (Case# 30-2008-00113957-CU-BT-CJC, The Lounge Network III v. Thuy Huynh). She filed a cross-complaint in December, 2008 claiming she had invested over $40,000 (that she earned) into the venture. She also claimed that she was owed over $40,000 in back wages for 2007.  In December, 2011 the case was settled and Huynh bragged that she received a settlement for $75,000. She also openly bragged that not only did she not pay any taxes on the settlement, but she never even reported the settlement to the IRS/FTB.




In January, 2012 Huynh purchased a brand new $55,000 Lexus from South County Lexus in Mission Viejo, CA. On her reported income she was able to make a $15-20,000 down payment.  Her monthly payments are over $600 a month. Before she made the purchase, she asked someone to lie to the IRS in the event there were questions about the source of her down payment.




Ms. Huynh is involved in another lawsuit in Orange County, Case# 30-2012-00564239-CU-BC-CJC.  Her attorney was Michael C. O’Young, SB#260953. Ms. Huynh was deposed in that lawsuit April 15-16, 2013. In the deposition she stated, under oath, that she never reports her tips to either the IRS or the FTB. She also admitted to making upwards of $600 a day and to working 4 shifts a week.  That works out to more then $2000 a week or $10,000 a month in unreported income. I am certain that the transcripts will be very valuable to any investigation by the IRS/FTB.  Michael C. O’Young recently withdrew as her attorney and he has been replaced by a new attorney.




Ms. Huynh maintains an E-Trade account that at one time had over $35,000. It is connected to her Wells Fargo checking account. She also claims that she has a safe deposit box at Wells Fargo (up for renewal May, 2013) and that it contains over $150,000 in cash. She also maintains a large safe in her home that she says contains anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000.




In addition to her work for Playboy and a bikini bartender, Ms. Huynh has a number of side jobs where she makes money under the table. They include go-go dancing, ring girl, private bartender, modeling, escorting, and card dealing. She has bragged that she makes a significant amount of money from these side jobs that she never reports.











Thuy-Duyen Thi Huynh




DOB: 08/19/1984






Current Employers:




Salty Dawg Tavern


1214 N. Parker St


Orange, CA 92867




Swinging Door


355 El Camino Real


Tustin, CA 92780




Previous Employers:


The Pump Room

1532 W Chapman Ave

Orange, CA


Max's Sports Grill

18862 Beach Blvd

Huntington Beach, CA






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#1 Author of original report

Email to US Attorney, IRS, FBI 08/08/13 - Regarding Early M. Hawkins and Witness Intimidation/Obstruction of Justice

AUTHOR: Report Thuy For Tax Evasion - ()

On 08/18/13 an email was sent to the US Attorney's office along with criminal investigators with the IRS and FBI to bring it to their attention the great lengths that attorney Early Hawkins will go to retaliate against witnesses for reporting a federal crime. Hawkins went as far as instructing his client, Thuy Li, to file a frivolous grievance with the Texas State Bar that was summarily dismissed. It is interesting to note that Thuy Li contradicted herself in the grievance when compared to previous statements she made under oath. Early Hawkins is aware of his client's rampant perjury and he has decided to allow Thuy Li to continue committing perjury. The victim of Early Hawkins and Thuy Li is bringing a lawsuit against both of them for their vile and descipcable conduct.

Re: Obstruction of Justice/ Witness Intimidation - Early M. Hawkins

Dear Mr. Birotte,
I am writing to bring to your attention the efforts of Early Hawkins, a California-based attorney (SB# 119827), to not only obstruct and hinder cooperation with the reporting of federal crime(s) committed by his close friend and client, Thuy Huynh, but also to harass and intimidate witnesses.  In recent weeks Mr. Hawkins has stepped up his threats and efforts at retaliation for reporting his client to the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board for federal and state income tax evasion.
In recent months, Early Hawkins has instructed his client to make false allegations against her ex-husband, *********** **** with the Irvine Police, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and even the FBI – all of which went nowhere after her lack of credibility became clear. I myself have fallen victim to Mr. Hawkins’ tactics after he instructed his client to file a false grievance against me with the Texas State Bar – which was promptly dismissed as unfounded. Even though her false allegations fell on deaf ears, Early Hawkins’ original intent did succeed – to harass and intimidate witnesses who reported his client to federal and state authorities. My concern is that Early Hawkins intends to continue his campaign of obstruction, intimidation, and retaliation.
In February, 2012, *********** ****, then Thuy Huynh’s husband, contacted an investigator with the IRS with information and evidence regarding Ms. Huynh’s long running tax evasion scheme.  The investigator took down all of Ms. Huynh’s information, but told Mr. **** he would be unable to take a statement from him due to their marital status. Mr. **** was advised to contact the IRS again after his divorce was final. A week later Mr. **** notified Ms. Huynh’s family attorney, Damian Fragoso, that he had reported Ms. Huynh’s tax evasion to the IRS and had provided the investigator with all of Ms. Huynh’s banking and credit card information.
In retaliation for reporting her to the IRS, Thuy Huynh filed a frivolous lawsuit against Mr. **** approximately two months later. Her first attorney, Michael C. O’Young, called Mr. **** less than 24 hours after Mr. **** was served a copy of the lawsuit and told him that if he did not settle quickly and write Ms. Huynh a sizeable check, that he and Ms. Huynh would subject Mr. **** to embarrassment and expensive litigation. It should be pointed that out that in the 16 months since the lawsuit was filed, Ms. Huynh and her attorneys have refused or been unable to provide any evidence backing up their allegations. At a deposition for Ms. Huynh, Mr. O’Young admitted there was no evidence and that they were only pursuing the lawsuit to financially exhaust Mr. ****. It should also be noted Mr. O’Young left the case after he violently attacked Mr. **** and threw a laptop at his head in an attempt to cause serious injury to Mr. ****. Mr. Hawkins readily agreed to represent Ms. Huynh in her frivolous lawsuit and he expanded upon previous efforts to retaliate against Mr. **** for his cooperation with the IRS.
Mr. Hawkins is clearly aware that Ms. Huynh has evaded paying income taxes. At a recent court hearing on a Motion to Compel, Mr. Hawkins admitted to the Judge in open court that the reason he was unwilling to turn over key evidence was that it would implicate his client in a crime. The fact that Mr. Hawkins was willing to admit to a Judge that his client has a tax evasion problem is proof that there is merit to allegations made to the IRS by Mr. ****.  Mr. Hawkins went on to cite Mr. **** cooperation with the IRS, showing that he is aware that Mr. **** is a cooperating witness, which makes his efforts to intimidate Mr. **** all the more troubling.
In addition to Mr. Hawkins directing his client to file a frivolous grievance against me with the Texas State Bar, Mr. Hawkins personally contacted me by phone on June 4, 2013 and threatened me with retaliation if I continued to discuss the particulars of Ms. Huynh’s long running tax evasion scheme. I also believe Mr. Hawkins directed his client and friend, Ms. Huynh, to conduct a smear campaign against myself and Mr. **** by contacting our friends and business associates and making online posts claiming we were “lovers” when nothing could be further from the truth. Again, my concern is that Mr. Hawkins will continue to ratchet up the harassment and pressure in an attempt to silence Mr. **** and myself.
 Even in light of Mr. Hawkins’ extensive arrest record, I find it very troubling that a licensed attorney would go to great lengths to hinder a criminal investigation on behalf of a close, personal friend. I believe it is worth pointing out that Ms. Huynh is a Playboy and lingerie model. It is not a stretch of the imagination that Mr. Hawkins’ willingness to harass and intimidate Mr. **** and myself is tied to his own personal feelings toward Ms. Huynh. In my opinion, based on 35 years of practicing law, it is the only reasonable explanation why Mr. Hawkins would continue a malicious prosecution even after Mr. O’Young admitted there was no evidence to back up Ms. Huynh’s claims.
I am asking the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California to investigate Mr. Hawkins’ conduct. One of the fundamental beliefs of our justice system is that witnesses and whistleblowers be free from retaliation and intimidation. The system fails when people like Mr. Hawkins are able to succeed with intimidating witnesses and obstructing justice.
I can provide more specific examples and evidence of Mr. Hawkins’ attempts at obstructing justice and witness intimidation. Please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail or at ***-***-****.


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#2 Author of original report

Email to IRS Criminal Investigator 08/17/13

AUTHOR: Report Thuy For Tax Evasion - ()

This email was sent to the IRS Criminal Investigator that originally started asking questions about Thuy Li's long running tax evasion scheme. It was important that he know that Early Marlow Hawkins is continuing to intimidate witnesses and obstruct a criminal investigation. Shocking and disgusting behavior on the part of Early Hawkins. It begs the question to ask what he is receiving return from Thuy Li for his assistance.
Special Agent ******,

 I want to give you a quick update on the civil case involving Thuy-Duyen Thi Huynh. I also want to bring it to your attention that it appears her attorney, Early M. Hawkins, is trying to prevent any further cooperation with the IRS and is trying to intimidate witnesses into silence.


 This past Wednesday there was a hearing for a Motion to Compel Further Bill of Particulars from Ms. Huynh. The Judge granted the motion and Ms. Huynh has until the 24th to provide a full and complete accounting, including dates, of when she allegedly lent her ex-husband $40,000 cash. Anyone that has seen her tax returns knows this has to be unreported income. If and when she turns it over I will be sure that you receive a copy of it.


Early Hawkins told the Judge that the reason he did not want to turn over a Bill of Particulars is because he was afraid that it would be used to implicate her in a criminal proceeding. It shows that Early Hawkins knows his client is guilty of tax evasion, otherwise he would not care if it was turned over. The Judge and the opposing counsel seemed shocked that Hawkins would admit to a Judge in open court that his client may be guilty of a federal crime. In my 35 years of practicing law I don’t think I have ever heard a lawyer say something so stupid.




I also want to inform you that I am in contact with the US Attorney for Central California and the California Bar. Early Hawkins has taken steps and made comments that lead us to believe that he is trying to intimidate Ms. Huynh’s ex-husband and me from cooperating with the IRS. He is threatening legal action against her ex in retaliation for his cooperating with the IRS.  I am asking the US Attorney to consider bringing criminal charges for obstruction/witness intimidation against Mr. Hawkins.




If you have any questions, I can be reached at ***-***-****.








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#3 Author of original report

Trial Attorney Calls Early Hawkins a "WIMP" and "ineffective counsel"

AUTHOR: Report Thuy For Tax Evasion - ()

Yesterday a memo went out describing how Early Hawkins is REFUSING to COMPLY with two Court Orders issused on August 14th, 2013. That Early Hawkins is showing blatant disrespect to the Judge and the Court is not shocking in light of his past refusal to obey the law. What was shocking was that he tried to file a motion despite his refusals to comply. Because Early Hawkins suffers the problem of being Early Hawkins, he screwed up on the motion and the Court rejected it. We will have to wait for him to refile before we can assess just how meritless it will be. In the meantime, Hawkins continues on with his malicious prosecution of his victim. Hawkins' moral compass is so out of whack. Hawkins will never be confused with someone that deserves to be treated with respect.

A trial attorney with almost 20 years experience in litigation heard about Early Hawkins' mendacious conduct and offered the following words. He hits the nail on the head. It is also his opinion that Early Hawkins is suborning perjury.

"I did some thinking last night about Mr. Hawkins ill-conceived stunt in filing a motion for protective order in the midst of ignoring TWO court orders.  Never in a million years would I file a motion while defying a court order, much less two of them. It is unethical and shows very poor form.   I informally polled a half dozen trial lawyers on my floor this morning and to a man they agreed what he did was beyond stupid.  Not only will he have pissed the Judge off by defying his orders, he has done his own client a huge disservice by insuring that whatever little credibility his client had with the Court is now irreparably destroyed. Nothing Hawkins or his client can say will have much credibility.  For this reason alone I doubt he can call himself a trial lawyer because no trial lawyer I know would dare to treat a Judge with the blatant disrespect Mr. Hawkins has shown  this judge. I would not be surprised if the Judge does slaps a separate sanction on him for trying to file the motion.

If it is his client that is refusing to comply with the court’s order then he has an ethical duty to drop her as a client. Otherwise he is participating with her in defying multiple court orders and open to sanction. I would not want to be the lawyer explaining to a Judge a pathetic reason for non-compliance. If he had time to work on the protective order he certainly had time to work on complying with the Judge's order!

Because of who she is and what she has done, I do not feel sorry for her that she has ineffective counsel. She has the crappy lawyer she deserves.

I went back and checked the court registry of actions and her attorney has done nothing on her behalf. He is providing inadequate representation and he owes it to his client to explain to her in writing why he is failing to represent her. In my view, he has exposure to a malpractice suit.

The defendant's attorney filed the Motion to Compel on 06/20/13. The hearing was set for 07/31/13. During that time Hawkins had an affirmative duty to file a response in opposition. He failed to do so! Why did he do that to his client? What kind of trial lawyer allows opposing counsel run all over their client like that?

The defendant's attorney filed the Motion to Compel Further Bill of Particulars on 07/15/13. The hearing was set for 08/14/13. Again Hawkins had an affirmative duty to his client to file a response in opposition. Again Hawkins failed to protect his client. Hawkins has acquiesced to everything the defendant’s attorney has filed. Hawkins is a wimp.

I don’t feel sorry for Thuy because she is a horrible person, but she made a huge mistake hiring Mr. Hawkins to be her lawyer. He made a huge mistake taking her as a client. They deserve each other!

What baffles me is why is Mr. Hawkins not trying to settle this? Does he think the defendant is not going to come after him for pursuing a frivolous case against him? At least if he tries to settle, Hawkins can try to take some of the “malicious” out of the malicious prosecution. Pride cometh before the fall…"

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#4 Author of original report

Another Screw Up Courtesty of Early Hawkins

AUTHOR: Report Thuy For Tax Evasion - ()



You got some explaining to do son.. According to the Court registrar, you and your client are under two court orders.  Doesn’t look like you have filed any notice with the Court that you have complied with EITHER of them. Is that a smart move?


Then today I see that you tried to file a Motion for a Protective Order that was rejected (is there anything in life you don’t screw up?)


Let me get this straight….rather than comply with two reasonable Court orders (which is a really good idea unless you like additional sanctions), you file a for a protective order?


Why? People file for those when they want to hide something. What are you trying to hide? Is it by chance you want to hide from the IRS any evidence that your client is a TAX EVADER???  You do realize that your actions in light of your statement to the Judge look, in the words of Chris Rock, “suspicious as f***!”?


I wish it hadn’t been rejected on account of your screwing it up, because then I could download it and send it over to the IRS Criminal Investigator and let them know you and your client clearly have something to hide. Your actions fit my narrative that you will go to great lengths to obstruct justice.


This is what I need you to do Early: 1) Put down the bottle. 2) Focus 3) Get help from a 2nd year law student that knows what they are doing 4) Resubmit your silly motion.


Then I can download it and send it over to the IRS and draw attention and speculation on what you are trying to hide.  Oh and I can post on RipOff Report additional commentary about how you are trying to conceal a crime. (Please don't try to tread on my 1st Amendment)


You do know just how bad it looks that you tried to file for a protective order AFTER you  have failed to comply with a Court order? IT LOOKS REALLY BAD! I know your understanding of the law is sparse, but a protective order won't stop the IRS for putting your client where she definitely belongs.


You are not too good at tactics and strategy and s*** are you? What did you want to be when you were a kid? Whatever it was, you should go try your hand at that.

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#5 Author of original report

You Are Invited to Watch Early Hawkins Put a Tax Evader on the Stand!!!

AUTHOR: Report Thuy Li - ()


On December 2, 2013, you are invited to watch attorney Early Marlow Hawkins assist in implicating his client, Thuy-Duyen Thi Huynh aka “Thuy Li” in the federal crime of tax evasion.

At a hearing on August, 14th, 2013, Early Hawkins told the Judge he did not want to turn over evidence that he is required to turn over by law because it could implicate Thuy Li in a federal crime. So what does the brilliant Early Hawkins propose to do instead? Put her on the stand. Under oath. Where everything she says, can and will be used against her in a criminal proceeding.

See, what I really think is happening here is that Early Hawkins has every intention of assisting the Internal Revenue Service of nailing his client for tax evasion and sending her to prison where she belongs. Why else would Early Hawkins do something as stupid as putting a perjurer/tax evader on the stand and not only risking his law license, but opening himself up to a malpractice lawsuit?

Consider this your invite to watch Early Hawkins be monumentally stupid. And incompetent.

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#6 Consumer Comment

The Life of an Escort

AUTHOR: Scott - ()

It is never easy when you are stuck in the Virgin Islands with a well paying "client". 

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#7 Author of original report

Report Regarding Thuy Li's Ongoing Perjury

AUTHOR: DLWJustice - ()


Thuy Li's perjury has been repeatedly brought to the attention of attorney Early Marlow Hawkins (SB#1198127), it remains to be seen if Early Hawkins is going to obey the law and put a stop to his client's blatant perjury. Or if he is going to allow his client to continue committing a serioius crime. This report will be regularly updated with reports on what Early Hawkins decides to do.

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#8 Author of original report

Correction Fan Page Link:

AUTHOR: DLWJustice - ()

Incorrect link posted for the fan page. 

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#9 Consumer Comment

She's hot.. I volunteer to...

AUTHOR: Johnny B - ()

I would volunteer to discuss this all with her during her conjugal visit time.

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#10 Consumer Comment

I used to know her

AUTHOR: Anon - ()

LOL I knew this girl. She used to work with my ex girlfriend at a sports bar in Tustin. She was fired after the owner, a woman named Kim, found out she was going into the bathroom and taking pictures of her s**tch and selling the pictures to customers for $100-200 “tips”. Kim hit the roof when she found out and called all the girls in and said she would fire anyone that was doing what Thuy did.

Last time I heard about her she was working here and there as a high priced call girl. I was told she tried to get into Playboy so she could justify charging her clients more money for her time.

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#11 Consumer Comment

Thuy Li's 2nd RipOff Report ,Perjury

AUTHOR: M.G. - ()

On June 3rd, 2013, a RipOff Report was created accurately detailing Thuy's long running scheme to evade state and federal income taxes. The wording of the report was an abridged version that was sent to criminal investigators with the IRS and the FTB (CA's state tax authority). Of course, this was met with a feeble attempt by Early Hawkins to silence and intimidate the witnesses. Why a licensed attorney would be dumb enough to try to intimidate witnesses to a criminal investigation is something only Early Hawkins can explain.

This post is serving notice that a second RipOff Report is being created to go into detail Thuy's repeated and blatant perjury. Every single attorney (and prosecutor and Bar investigator) that has examined the evidence is in agreement that she has committed perjury. People have a right to know how willing she is to break the law. Basically, the letter that is being sent to the Orange County District Attorney's office will be posted. It remains to be seen if Early Hawkins is going to make another effort to silence witnesses to a crime committed by his client. 

Along with the description there will be posted hundreds of screen shots from her various social networking profiles that contradict her written and oral testimony that she has given under the penalty of perjury. It may be overkill to post the entire inventory of screen shots, but this will allow the readers to form their own opinion. 

Her legal counsel is aware of her perjury. If either one of them is not, then they are clearly not competent to practice law. They have failed to put a stop to their client flouting the law as they are required to do. This failure amounts to suborning perjury. It would be appropriate for this new RipOff Report to go into the detail how they have both failed in their duties. The legal community has a right to know these people condone perjury.

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#12 Author of original report

Franchise Tax Board

AUTHOR: DLWJustice - ()

Attached are screen shots of an online tax fraud referral submitted to the California Franchise Tax Board. A hard copy was mailed as well. The same information was provided to the IRS in March, 2013.

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#13 Author of original report

AUTHOR: DLWJustice - ()

In respond to this report being published Thuy Li has changed her screen name on Facebook. It is no longer ModelThuyLi and has been changed to OCBikiniGirl.

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