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Korean Man Ordered to Learn English as Part of Probation

November 30, 1990

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) _ A Korean immigrant who pleaded guilty to selling fake designer purses has been ordered to learn English during the next year as part of his probation.

Interpreter Yong Spears told U.S. District Judge Tom Stagg that Bup Song Choe, 35, of Irving, Texas, will ″try best″ to learn the language.

″Try best, nuts 3/8″ Stagg responded during a hearing Wednesday. He told Choe that he must learn English during his one-year probation, with his probation officer reporting on his progress.

Choe brought fake Louis Vuitton, Gucci and MCM purses to Shreveport from Dallas and sold them to a local merchant.

His attorney, Gary Udashen of Dallas, asked for a light sentence, saying a prison term of a year or more could keep Choe from becoming a U.S. citizen.

″He loves America as well as his own country. He wants to be American citizen,″ said Choe’s wife, who also showed Stagg a photograph of their sons, Robert and Sam. The boys and Mrs. Choe, whose first name could not be obtained from the court, are U.S. citizens.

″It’s a good thing that you want to become a citizen, but it’s also true that you were a guest in this country when you broke its laws,″ Stagg told Choe.

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