Va. 'room salon' operators plead guilty
Three operators of a "room salon" in Falls Church pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens after allegedly flying in young Korean women to dress provocatively, serve drinks, flirt, sing, and dance with customers, according to Virginia U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride.
The women worked at a bar known as "High Society," "Tomato," and "Tomato Garden." The bar had several private rooms where customers, primarily Korean men, would drink bottles of liquor that cost $300. Customers were required to purchase at least one bottle.
The defendants estimated that the bar earned more than $4 million since December 2007.
Wednesday, bar owner Sang Bun Surh, also known as "Chung Madame," pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harboring illegal aliens for commercial advantage and private financial gain.
Also pleading guilty was bar manager Young Mi Kim, 41, who lived with Surh and was the primary supervisor of the waitresses, prosecutors said. Kim also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit marriage fraud for her own fraudulent marriage to a U.S. citizen.
The third defendant was another bar manager, Hyeon Chul Kim, 55.
The three defendants face a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. They will be sentenced on Feb. 25.
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