Club owner sentenced to a year in prison for harboring illegal aliens

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Guam – The owner of Joy Luck Club in Tumon has been sentenced to one year in prison for employing three illegal aliens from Taiwan.

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the federal court ordered Sasha Sun  to serve 12 months in prison and three years of supervised release and to pay $100 in assessment fee. The court  also ordered to forfeit Sun’s condominium and nearly $75,000 in U.S. currency.

Sun was arrested following a Homeland Security Investigations’ undercover operation, which revealed that she illegally employed three women from Taiwan. The women entered Guam as tourists under the visa waiver program, which allows citizens from specific  countries to travel visa-free to the United States or its territories for 45 days. Those entering under the program are prohibited from working while on island.

According to court documents, Sun employed the women as hostesses selling $20 drinks to bar patrons. The women were paid a $10 commission for every drink they sold.

“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,”  U.S. Attorney Shawn Anderson said.

“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.”

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.