Man ordered to forfeit $100K he tried to smuggle
HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu café owner who tried to smuggle $100,000 out of Hawaii was ordered to forfeit the money.
U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor also ordered Yen Chang Su to serve three years of probation.
Su owns Taste Tea, a popular café on Kapiolani Boulevard. He’s also a citizen of Taiwan attending graduate school in California.
A customs officer in August stopped Su at Honolulu Airport as he prepared to board a Hawaiian Airlines flight to Taiwan.
Su declared he was carrying $9,500. A pat-down search revealed seven bundles of cash in the front and back of Su’s underwear.
Su pleaded guilty in November. He said he wrapped the money around his body to smuggle it to Taiwan to avoid paying taxes.
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