Liquor store worker again accused of selling to minors

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By Emile Hallez

A liquor store employee on probation for selling alcohol to teenagers is accused of doing the same during an April 14 sting operation.

Van Pham, a 47-year-old Westminster resident, was allegedly caught selling a bottle of Corona beer to an underage person working with police. Part of Pham’s probation from an earlier conviction specifies he is not allowed to work in a liquor store.

The sale was allegedly made at Alameda Square Liquors, which is owned by Pham’s wife.

Pham pleaded guilty to 10 counts of providing alcohol to a minor in the earlier case, in which he sold beverages on March 13, 2007, to teens who drove later that evening in the Green Mountain area. The teens were involved in a crash that killed Samara Stricklen, 17, and injured Seth Mutschler, 20. Six people were charged in the Lakewood collision.

Pham was earlier sentenced to two years in prison and three years of probation. A hearing to revoke his probation is scheduled for June 1 at 8:30 a.m. in county court.


Contact Emile Hallez Williams at emile@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22. For updates, check www.ColumbineCourier.com.