Eight Indicted in Illegal Alien Scheme
ATLANTA (AP) _ Eight people were charged with paying an undercover agent $650,000 to buy immigration documents for illegal aliens, according to a federal indictment unsealed Friday.
The indictment, returned Dec. 17, charges the eight with conspiracy and bribery in an international scheme that brought illegal aliens - some willing to pay $50,000 for the immigration papers - into Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, Texas, California and North Carolina.
Beginning in October 1990, the defendants allegedly paid an undercover INS agent for documents that would let the aliens - most of whom were from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia - live or work in the United States indefinitely.
Named in the indictment are: Jung Hsi Hsueh, 35, of Taiwan; Khan Hsueh, 27, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Evelyn and Edward Chu, both 40, of Lilburn, Ga.; Kieang Hang Heng, 36, of Malaysia; Teddy Yeh, 37, of Taiwan; Yuan Peng Yu, 21, of Taiwan; and Wen Yen Shao, 43, of Taiwan.
All but Jung, who is believed to be out of the country, were arrested Thursday, said U.S. Attorney Joe Whitley. Thirty-one of 49 illegal aliens for whom warrants were issued also have been arrested, he said.
Each count of conspiracy carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and each bribery count carries 15 years.