Poor Richard Sang: He must be ‘confused’

The handwritten letter dated Jan. 2 was addressed to me and my managing editor, Donald W. Blount. It’s signed by Richard Wun Ping Sang, the owner of the closed Mallard’s restaurant in Stockton who since Nov. 30 has been living at taxpayer expense in San Joaquin County Jail. He’s awaiting trial on almost three-dozen criminal fraud charges relating to his ownership and operation of Mallard’s and a handful of other restaurants around California.

In the middle of the letter he writes: “By the way, 80 percent of your quoted figures are way wrong; come by we’ll discuss them.” If Richard Sang wants to dispute the figures I’ve used while writing about him, I’m happy to give him the opportunity. Anything to set the record straight. But Mr. Sang, what purpose does it serve to lie to jail officials while you believe you are setting the record straight?

Here’s the story: Tuesday morning (Jan. 8), I drove down to the jail in French Camp to see Mr. Sang, at his request. At first, the message came up to the visitor’s desk that Mr. Sang did not want to talk to me. Then another message said he did. I filled out a required form and was told he was doing the same thing and we would meet shortly. After a 10-minute wait, a jailer came into the visitor lobby and said that in the course of filling out the release form, Mr. Sang recalled that he was under a gag order not to talk to the media. No interview this day. But then the jailer told me, fully aware that I had received a letter inviting me to the jail, that Mr. Sang said the gag order was issued after he wrote the letter. Wrong, Mr. Sang. You lied to the jailer. The gag order was issued – at your attorney’s request – by Judge Richard Vlavianos in open court Dec. 10, 2007. You wrote your letter to me – the media – and dated it Jan. 2, 2008. Even the postmark on the envelope reads Jan. 3, 2008. Oops!

Oh, what’s in the letter? Not much, really. Mr. Sang blames others for his troubles, of course. He says he wants to talk to me about the evils of credit card factoring – companies that loan a large sum of money upfront to restaurants and are given the ability to be paid back daily out of credit card receipts. That sounds interesting – I’d like to hear more. He also blames “gentlemen’s loan sharks,” naming names and possibly defaming individuals if their names were to be made public in such context. Some of the people he names say they are owed hundreds of thousands of dollars by Mr. Sang, who freely borrowed the money from them and defaulted on the notes. At least one of them has filed a lawsuit.

Mr. Sang – who lied to several people about having a Harvard MBA – may be revealing something about himself, if one can believe him, when he writes:

“You as a writer should check out every detail; at the very least wonder how can some one coming out of a Fed Pen in 1994 with $20, build an empire of restaurants in less than seven years (with) sales in excess of $200 million and see it all collapse because of credit card factoring loans and impossibly high interest loans from gentlemen’s loan sharks.”

Mr. Sang, I would love to know the truth. Just tell me.

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