ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride says a Maryland man pleaded guilty on Thursday to conspiracy to commit alien harboring.
According to MacBride, 35-year-old Youn Sok Chang, also known as Michael Chang, of Gambrills, Md., is originally from South Korea and owned and operated a "doumi" business that provided female escorts to customers at night clubs in Annandale, Va.
Chang faces a maximum of 10 years of imprisonment when he is sentenced on July 26, according to MacBride. As part of the plea agreement, Chang also agreed to forfeit $144,000.
In a statement of facts filed with his plea agreement, Chang admitted that since at least December 2010, he has operated a doumi business and hired illegal aliens from South Korea to work as "doumis." The women were allowed to stay at an apartment he rented in Virginia. Night clubs in Annandale and Centreville would call Chang and order women for customers, then he would transport the women there. According to the statement of facts, customers usually paid $70 per hour to converse, dance, or sing with the women.
Chang also admitted that he and others recruited women from South Korea and he transported some of them from Georgia and New York to Virginia. Chang admitted to promising one woman he that she could earn $6,000 per month working for him.
Chang and his co-conspirators admitted to harboring at least 27 illegal aliens. Chang's co-conspirator Taeson Won pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Alien Harboring and was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison previously.