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Fake ID bust leads to immigration hearing, possible deportation

Posted: January 22, 2012 - 1:13am

A South Korean national has been turned over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after he was found living in the country illegally in Juneau.

Lori Haley, a spokeswoman for ICE’s western region based in Laguna Niguel, Calif., confirmed Friday that Sung Hun Bag, 40, is being held at an ICE detention facility as he awaits an immigration hearing.

“Mr. Bag, a South Korean national, is currently in ICE custody, pending his removal from the United States,” Haley said.

The immigration hearing will handled by the U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review, and a judge will issue an order on the matter.

Information on when and where the proceeding will be held was not available since that information requires knowledge of an alien registration number assigned to the person. Those numbers are not public information.

Bag was found to be in possession of fake IDs when local law enforcement officers were executing a search warrant for a separate criminal case on Jan. 4. He was arrested and subsequently charged by the District Attorney’s Office with two counts of forgery in the second degree, a class ‘C’ felony that can carry up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

During the search of the apartment in the 100 block of Front Street, officers found two California driver’s licenses with different names, license numbers and birth dates, but the same photographs, according to an affidavit filed by Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp. The affidavit states a records search revealed the two license numbers were valid and registered by the State of California to two different people, neither of whom were Bag.

Officers asked the man whose apartment was being searched, Angelo Bruce Kim, if he knew the man in the pictures on the driver’s licenses, and Kim returned with a male who was later identified by California ID as Bag, the affidavit stated.

Bag told officers through an interpreter he had received the fake IDs from a friend. He was unable to produce a resident alien card when asked for one by an officer, according to the affidavit.

A Juneau Police Department officer contacted ICE about his immigration status, and ICE informed JPD that Bag had tried to enter the country in Los Angeles via Mexico with a forged passport in 2000, according to an affidavit.

A search of Bag’s residence also found several photos matching the photographs on other IDs, as well as checks, financial documents and credit cards in several different names, according to the affidavit.

Bag was indicted by a grand jury on Jan. 5, but those charges were dropped by prosecutors as he was turned over to ICE.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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