Korean nightclub madam sentenced in immigration case
February 24, 2013 · Updated 3:16 PM
Mirror staff reports:
The madam of a nationwide Korean prostitution ring headquartered in Federal Way was sentenced to prison on charges of immigration fraud.
Auburn resident Miyoung Roberts, 42, operated the Blue Moon nightclub on Pacific Highway South. On Friday, she was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of supervised release, according to U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan's office.
Between 2009 and 2012, Roberts arranged illegal immigration for more than 24 Korean women who traveled around the United States to work at similar nightclubs. According to the attorney's office, Roberts had "earned a reputation for being a successful room salon madam."
Roberts also counseled the women, who served as "bar girls," on how to avoid detection by immigration authorities. She set up apartments for the women and supervised some of the women's prostitution activities, according to the attorney's office.
Roberts had gained U.S. citizenship through a fake marriage, and in an attempt to arrange a fake marriage for someone else, she recruited an undercover agent who was working on the case.
Eight people were indicted in January 2012 for their roles in the prostitution ring. Chang Kim, the owner of the Blue Moon in Federal Way, will be sentenced next month. Kim faces five criminal counts involving $15,000 in bribes he allegedly paid the undercover officer in the case.