SEATTLE MAN SENTENCED FOR CONCEALING AND HARBORING ILLEGAL ALIENS
Created phoney documents to allow illegal aliens to get drivers licenses and ID cards
HSIN-HSUN HSU, 58, of Seattle, Washington was sentenced today to six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring and three years of probation for Concealing and Harboring Illegal Aliens. HSU was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo S. Martinez. During the period of home confinement with electronic monitoring, HSU is required to report daily to a Probation Officer regarding his activities and obtain permission for leaving the home. Violation of this condition could result in the imposition of jail time.
According to records in the case, HSU ran a business known as WTS Travel. Through newspaper ads and word-of-mouth, HSU solicited clients by offering to assist Chinese nationals with learning to drive, obtaining driver’s licenses, and identification cards. HSU was paid hundreds of dollars by Chinese nationals for his services. In order for the clients to show residency in the state of Washington, HSU provided them with housing for a matter of days or weeks, and allowed them to use various addresses to apply for the drivers license or ID card. In one instance, 47 people had used the address of the same three bedroom Seattle home for obtaining a drivers license.
According to the investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), at times there were five to seven people residing in each of the various apartment units provided by HSU. Some of the clients did not have legal status to enter or remain in the United States. HSU knew of their undocumented status but chose to ignore it. He also provided fraudulent lease agreements as proof of residency for his clients to use in applying for licenses or identification at state offices. HSU knew that these clients had no intention of remaining at those addresses or even in the State of Washington.
The investigation began in March, 2005, when a Washington State Department of Licensing employee alerted ICE that HSU had been escorting large numbers of Chinese immigrants into various DOL locations in the King County area, and assisting the immigrants with state identification and driver’s license applications. The Department of Licensing does not require an applicant to have legal status in the United States to apply for an identification card or driver’s license. Investigators observed HSU assisting many immigrants who had entered the country illegally or had overstayed their visas.
HSU pleaded guilty October 11, 2005.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ye-Ting Woo.
For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office at (206) 553-4110.