I’ve recently starting watching the show “Locked Up Abroad,” which is sort of addictive. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it basically recounts the stories of those who did jail time abroad for smuggling (typically drugs). It has given me a newfound respect for the jobs of customs & immigration officers, and how my frequent 1-2 day trips outside the US may look suspicious.
While trying to bring designer goods/jewelry into the US isn’t the same as trying to sneak in heroin (for example), this still makes for quite a story. A 55 year old Chinese lady was charged with offering sex to a customs officer in exchange for her daughter being allowed to enter the country with $160,000 in undeclared goods.
The story goes back to last July, when she arrived in New York on an Air France flight. Via the NY Daily News:
Customs and Border Patrol officers discovered the daughter had in her possession several undeclared goods, including expensive designer pocketbooks, wristwatches, a fur coat and diamond jewelry valued at $160,000.
Yang allegedly wrote her nickname and a telephone number on a piece of paper and passed it to the officer, according to the complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court. Then she allegedly offered him $10,000 and a wristwatch if he let her daughter pass through Customs with the goods, the complaint states.
The honest officer excused himself to get wired up for sound, and returned to Yang where, this time, she upped the bribe to an offer to “sleep with” him and take him to China, according to the complaint.
Alrighy then! Her attorney says it’s all a misunderstanding:
“There was clearly a misunderstanding that unfortunately has resulted in an unjust arrest of a wonderful woman.”
I wonder if she’s paying the attorney in cash, or if she tried to pay him in other ways as well…
She’s presently on $250,000 bail, and staying at her daughter’s apartment in NYC.