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United States Attorney
Western District of Washington
601 Union Street, Suite 5100 Tel: (206) 553-7970
Seattle, Washington  98101-3903 Fax: (206) 553-0882



November 30, 2001
 


      TAX CHARGES ADDED TO CRIMINAL INDICTMENT
 AGAINST ALLEGED RACKETEERING ORGANIZATION

John McKay, United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington; Paul Pastor, Sheriff of Pierce County; Larry Saunders, Chief of Police, City of Lakewood; Jim Kelly, Chief of Police, City of Auburn; John Caulkin, Chief of Police, City of Pacific; James Hairston, Chief of Police, City of Tacoma; John Hawk, Chief of Police, City of Roy; John McCroskey, Sheriff of Lewis County; Randy Hamilton, Chief of Police, City of Chehalis; Toni Breckel, Chief of Police, City of Centralia; Ronald W. Serpas, Chief, Washington State Patrol; Rick Raven, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Seattle Field Office, Criminal Investigations, Internal Revenue Service; John M. Bott, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Seattle; and Charles E. Mandigo, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Seattle, announced today that a Third Superseding Indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on November 27, 2001, against PONG KEUN RHEE, age 61, of Tacoma, Washington; JOON CHOL RHEE, age 33, of Lakewood, Washington; JOON SUR RHEE, age 35, of Renton, Washington; CHUN HYONG LEE, age 53, of Bremerton, Washington; NELSON FRALEY, II, age 31, of Auburn, Washington; JOHN BRADSHAW, age 55, of Seattle, Washington; SUN YOP YU, age 47, of Tacoma, Washington; JULIO CESAR HUIZAR a/k/a Julian Huizar, age 26, of Spanaway, Washington; ANTHONY DONG-YOUN KIM, age 35, of Auburn, Washington; HYE SUK KIM a/k/a Connie Kim, age 44, of Chehalis, Washington; CHOL JUNG KIM, age 39, of Chehalis, Washington; ALBERTO MOLINA-ROCHA, age 30, of Tacoma, Washington; and J. GUADALUPE CORONADO-MIRANDA a/k/a RODRIGO VILLA CONTRERAS, age 19, of Tacoma, Washington.  The Third Superseding Indictment charges 76 counts, including RICO, drug and listed chemical offenses, armed robbery, and money laundering offenses.

The Third Superseding Indictment includes three new crimes charged against certain defendants.  Count 68 charges defendants ALBERTO MOLINA-ROCHA and J. GUADALUPE CORONADO-MIRANDA with Possession of a Listed Chemical (Pseudoephedrine) Knowing and Having Reasonable Cause to Believe that the Listed Chemical Would be Used To Manufacture Methamphetamine, on or about January 19, 2001, in Pierce County, Washington.  This offense is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty years and a fine of $250,000.00.

Counts 69 and 70 charge defendant CHUN HYONG LEE with Aiding and Assisting in the Preparation of a False Income Tax Return, during 1997 and continuing through February 1998, in the Western District of Washington.  This offense is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of three years and a fine of $100,000.00.  Defendant CHUN HYONG LEE is a certified public accountant and the owner of Chun H. Lee Accounting Services in Lakewood, Washington.  The indictment alleges that CHUN HYONG LEE was the accountant for the RHEE criminal enterprise.

 The Third Superseding Indictment also names defendant CHUN HYONG LEE as an additional defendant against whom the United States seeks the criminal forfeiture of numerous real properties, vehicles, cash proceeds, and other assets.

Assistant United States Attorney Ye-Ting Woo and Special Assistant United States Attorney Todd L. Greenberg are prosecuting the case.

Members of the public are reminded that an Indictment contains only criminal charges.  The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges, and it is the government's burden to prove the defendantsí guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

For further information please contact Lawrence Lincoln, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, at (206) 553-4127.

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