For two years they complained to authorities that they were being ripped off by a group they paid into to get death benefits.
Last week authorities arrested a man who headed the group known as Concerned Members Committee. Davie Ba Ngo is charged with seven counts of fraud and embezzlement and is being held on $1 million bail.
His employee Stephanie Le faces one count of embezzlement.
They are accused of stealing at least $200,000 of the money members paid to the group.
Loved ones of victims also attended Friday's hearing.
"They have lost all their money despite the fact that they put their trust in this committee to have some money for funeral expenses," said Minh Steven Dovan, the victim's nephew.
"It's really sad for her and all her friends because there's hundreds of people, or thousands of people that are part of this program that are getting taken," said Kent Kahle, the victim's son-in-law.
Judge Jerome Nadler continued the case two weeks to allow defendants to get an attorney.