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Korean National Sentenced To Prison For Structuring Over $1.5 Million Using Fraudulent Passports

Thursday, March 21, 2013

HONOLULU - United States District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi sentenced Young Mo Sung, age 46, to 31 months in prison today for passport fraud and structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Sung pled guilty to those two offenses on November 9, 2012. Under federal law, a Currency Transaction Report must be filed by a financial institution with the IRS in regard to any currency transaction over $10,000. It is illegal to structure transactions with financial institutions in order to avoid this filing requirement.

Florence T. Nakakuni, United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii, said that according to documents filed in connection with the case, Sung had structured approximately 254 transactions totaling $1,538,385.00 with domestic financial institutions through multiple bank accounts he had opened using passports under fraudulent identities to move currency he received from females employed at bars and/or clubs in Honolulu, Hawaii and Los Angeles, California. Sung, a citizen of South Korea, was paid a commission to deposit and transfer the female workers’ cash proceeds.

The case resulted from a year-long investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations, the IRS - Criminal Investigation, and the Honolulu Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Brady handled the
sentencing.

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