By Kathy Jefcoats
The father of a teenager accused of killing a Clayton County sheriff's deputy faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine in a scheme to bribe an immigration officer.
Hing Bun, 42, of Riverdale and three others pleaded guilty to various charges Wednesday in U.S. District Court, said spokesman Patrick Crosby. Bun's son, Veasna Johnathan Bun, 17, faces murder and other charges in the July 20 shooting death of Deputy Rick Daly.
U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the four defendants are aliens subject to deportation because of prior criminal convictions. They come from countries that must issue travel permits to effectuate deportation. Because the defendants could not be deported within 90 days from the issue of the order of removal, they were released but required to report periodically to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement employee, she said.
In September, Bun paid an undercover immigration officer $4,000 to have his reporting requirements canceled, according to his guilty plea.
"These four defendants were marked for deportation but thought that they could beat the system by bribing an immigration employee," said Yates. "Thanks to the honesty and cooperation of the employee, these defendants will now have to spend time in prison before they are deported."
The scheme started in August when Pisa Phosai, 34, of McDonough approached an ICE Enforcement and Removal assistant and offered her a $1,500 bribe to cancel his reporting requirements. Working undercover, the assistant agreed. Phosai was unable to come up with the money but introduced her to Rotana Khov, 34, of Atlanta, who agreed to pay $1,500 in his own case.
Khov introduced the assistant to Bun and Voeun Lim, 26, of Charlotte, N.C., who paid $3,000 in October. Of the $18,500 offered as bribes, Khov kept a $4,000 finder's fee.
The four men, along with three others, were indicted in April on conspiracy and six counts of bribing a public official. Khov pleaded guilty to all seven counts and faces up to 95 years in prison and a $1.75 million fine. Phosai pleaded to conspiracy and bribing an official and could get up to 20 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.
Lim pleaded guilty to bribing a public official and could get up to 15 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.
A sentencing date has not been set.
Clayton County State Court records show Hing Bun pleaded no contest in February 2009 to battery and simple battery. He was sentenced to 12 months probation, fined $300 and ordered to serve 60 hours of community service on each count. He was also to have no harassing contact with the victim.
Records show his probation was revoked four months later and again in October 2009. His case was closed in February 2010.
Georgia Department of Corrections show Phosai served almost six years of a 10-year sentence in state prison for aggravated assault and attempted armed robbery in a 1997 Henry County case. Khov also served six years on a 10-year sentence for a conviction in Clayton County for five counts of aggravated assault.