SHAWN N. ANDERSON, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced that defendant Sasha Sun, age 48, from Tumon, Guam, was sentenced in the District Court of Guam to 12 months imprisonment for Harboring Illegal Aliens. The Court also ordered Sun to be placed on three years of supervised release following Sun’s release from custody and to pay a mandatory $100.00 special assessment fee. Additionally, the Court ordered the forfeiture of Sun’s San Vitores Village condominium and $74,794.00 in U.S. currency.
Homeland Security Investigations’ undercover operation revealed that Sun, the owner of the Joy Luck Club in Tumon, illegally employed three female aliens from Taiwan. The aliens entered Guam as tourists under the Visa Waiver Program, a program that grants entry of certain aliens into Guam for 45 days. Those entering under the program are prohibited from working while on island. However, Sun employed the female aliens as hostesses, selling $20 drinks to men who patronized the business. Sun paid the aliens $10.00 for every drink they sold.
U.S. Attorney Anderson stated, “Those who recruit and harbor aliens for unlawful employment on Guam will face criminal prosecution and the potential forfeiture of assets related to their crimes. In this case, Sun also used her condominium to house the aliens who were illegally working. In addition, the money found in her condominium was illegal proceeds from the unlawful harboring of those aliens. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to aggressively prosecuting these offenses and eliminating any financial incentive to engage in such conduct.”
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and the Guam Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Rosetta San Nicolas, an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Guam.