The father of a Riverdale teen indicted in the July 20, 2011 shooting death of a Clayton County Sheriff's deputy will be deported after serving a federal sentence for conspiracy to bribe an immigration official, said a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia.
Hing Bun, 43, of Riverdale, was sentenced Monday to six months of home confinement to be followed by four years and six months of probation. Bun was taken into custody by immigration officials immediately after his sentencing. He will remain in custody until he is deported to Cambodia, said U.S. Attorney's Office Spokesman Patrick Crosby.
Bun was one of five aliens from Southeast Asia with criminal convictions that subjected them to being deported, who conspired to bribe immigration officials to lie about their reporting requirements, said Crosby. They pleaded guilty in August.
Bun's son, Jonathan Bun, 17, was indicted last year in the shooting death of Clayton Sheriff's Deputy Rick Daly. Daly was conducting a felony traffic stop near Riverdale when Bun allegedly exited the car firing a stolen gun at him. He is being held without bond in the Henry County Jail, awaiting trial.
U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said these five aliens flouted the rules.
“Most immigrants carefully follow the law and take all the necessary legal steps to lawfully remain in the United States," said Yates. "By contrast, these defendants chose the route of quick and dirty payoffs, so that they could stay here without any accountability. That is not the way the system works in the United States."
Yates said Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) determined that the defendants were aliens who were subject to deportation due to previous criminal convictions. Immigration officials held them in custody while they awaited deportation.
But before the defendants could be deported, the Southeast Asian countries where they were citizens first needed to issue travel permits for each of the defendants. When 90 days passed and the Southeast Asian countries had not yet issued the travel permits, the law required that the defendants be released from ICE custody.
However, they were required to periodically report in person to an ICE employee, said Yates. Instead, the five offered money to an ICE official to have their reporting requirements removed and their criminal histories erased.
"The defendants believed that eliminating the reporting requirement would allow them to stay in this country legally, and eventually to apply for U.S. citizenship," said Yates.
In late September 2010, Bun paid $4,000 to have his reporting requirements canceled. Savoeun Kroch, 31, of College Park, was also sentenced in the scheme. Kroch will serve one year and three months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He admitted to giving $7,000 to ICE officials in January 2011.
David D'Amato, Special Agent in Charge of the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility, overseeing Orlando, applauded the swift conclusion to the case.
“ICE takes all bribery attempts of our employees very seriously,” he said. “All allegations of bribery are investigated thoroughly, and swift enforcement action is taken when appropriate.”
This case was investigated by special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. U.S. Chief District Judge Julie E. Carnes sentenced the five, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Jones prosecuted the case.