Man accused of not paying for $25,280 worth of GTA smartphones

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A man claiming to be a business owner has been charged with theft in the Superior Court of Guam.

The magistrate complaint states that GTA authorized 20 phone sales to Justin Hyunjin Choi’s business, totaling $25,280.00.

GTA reported that the phone transactions occurred between August 3, 2020, and August 5, 2020. Choi’s account was flagged for non-payment.

Choi is identified as the president of what appears to be a fictional business.

According to police, there is no record of him owning a business at the Department of Revenue and Taxation’s licensing branch.

Police told this to Choi, who appeared surprised.

He told police that the name of his business was different because the business name was already taken.

He also told police that he employed 3 individuals and that the phones were for his business and employees.

But according to GTA, the phones provided to Choi’s business were activated to several residential accounts that belonged to individuals who were not authorized under the business account.

GTA also discovered that the phone numbers on the devices were not the original numbers and were from different SIM cards.

Choi then told police that because his business was not making any money he started selling the phones on social media accounts under different names including the name “Jerry Rice.”

But police noted that after his initial statements, Choi recanted certain statements implicating his wife and another female in the scheme. Police stated Choi claimed responsibility for everything.

He was booked and confined on one count of theft of property as a second-degree felony.

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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.