Woman Tries To Bribe Customs Official With Some Action
a little shopping jaunt to Paris, 55 yr. old Hong Yang arrived at JFK with her
sister and adult daughter. Customs and Border Patrol officers found a few
undeclared items in their luggage. Just little things anyone might forget,
including designer bags, a fur coat, diamond jewellery and watches. Total
Federal Court has heard that the woman then attempted to bribe the officer. She
allegedly gave him a note with her name and phone number on it, and offered to
throw in a watch and USD10,000 if he would turn a blind eye to the undeclared
the customs officer went away and returned wearing a hidden recording device,
Yang apparently raised the stakes by offering to “sleep with” the officer and
take him to China if he allowed them to pass through.
the woman was allowed to leave the airport at the time without charges being
laid, on attempting to leave the U.S. for China this past weekend, she was
charged with customs fraud and arrested by Homeland Security agents.
Yang was released and is presently out on bail of USD250,000.
lawyer says the whole affair was simply the result of a communication problem.
was clearly a misunderstanding that unfortunately has resulted in an unjust
arrest of a wonderful woman,” said lawyer Robert Gottleib.