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Former nightclub owner sentenced in prostitution case

The Blue Moon, located at 31140 Pacific Highway S., just north of South 312th Street in Federal Way. The nightclub
The Blue Moon, located at 31140 Pacific Highway S., just north of South 312th Street in Federal Way. The nightclub's entrance is an unmarked door at the back of the building.
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Mirror staff reports:

The owner of a Federal Way bar that doubled as a prostitution headquarters was sentenced Friday to 72 months in prison and five years of supervised release.

Milton resident Chang Young Kim, 59, was also ordered to pay $112,050 in restitution and more than $1.6 million in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service.

Kim is the former owner of Korean nightclub Blue Moon on Pacific Highway South in Federal Way. In November 2012, he pleaded guilty in November 2012 to charges related to prostitution, money laundering, tax evasion and bribery.

Kim helped recruit and manage more than two-dozen "bar girls" from Korea to work as prostitutes in a network of nightclubs in multiple states. During an undercover investigation by law enforcement, Kim paid $15,000 to a Washington State Liquor Control Board investigator for advance warning of inspections, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Kim tried to evade more than $1.6 million in income taxes by failing to report income and by putting assets in other people’s names, the office reports.

On Feb. 22, Auburn resident Miyoung Roberts, 42, was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of supervised release for role as the nightclub's madam.

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.

 

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