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Greenwich Nail Salon Owner Sentenced For Currency Structuring And Immigration Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JAE HEE YANG, formerly known as Jae Hee Yang Kim, 58, of Englewood, N.J., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to three years of probation for currency structuring and immigration offenses.  YANG was also ordered to forfeit $100,000 and perform 150 hours of community service.

Federal law requires all financial institutions to file a Currency Transaction Report (CTR) for currency transactions that exceed $10,000.  To evade the filing of a CTR, individuals will often structure their currency transactions so that no single transaction exceeds $10,000.  Structuring involves the repeated depositing or withdrawal of amounts of cash less than the $10,000 limit, or the splitting of a cash transaction that exceeds $10,000 into smaller cash transactions in an effort to avoid the reporting requirements.  Even if the deposited funds are derived from a legitimate means, financial transactions conducted in this manner are still in violation of federal criminal law.

According to court documents and statements made in court, YANG is the sole owner of Tip Top Nails, Inc., a nail salon located in Old Greenwich, Conn.  Between May and September 2009, YANG made 15 cash withdrawals in increments ranging from $4,000 to $8,000 and totaling $100,000, from a bank in New Jersey where she maintained a business checking account.  The currency was generated from the operation of Tip Top Nails.  At the time, YANG knew that the bank was required to issue a report for a currency transaction in excess of $10,000, and that by conducting her financial transactions in amounts less than $10,001, she intended to evade the transaction reporting requirements.

In addition, Tip Top Nails employed individuals who were unauthorized aliens not permitted to work in the U.S., paid the aliens in cash rather than by check as it did with legal employees, and transported the aliens between New York and Greenwich daily.

On August 28, 2012, YANG pleaded guilty to one count of structuring currency transactions to evade reporting requirements and one count of employing an unauthorized alien. 

This matter was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter S. Jongbloed.


Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722

Updated March 18, 2015