Ipswich/Capel: Inmate made to cough up after car tax expires

IPSWICH/CAPEL ST MARY: A woman jailed for her involvement in an illegal immigrant scam has fallen foul of the law again after her car tax expired while she was in prison.

Ai Vee Ong is the second of five people convicted during the original case to be pursued through the courts by the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency.

The 33-year-old, formerly of Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich, left her Kia Sedonia at the roadside before being given a four-year jail term.

She was convicted last April of conspiring to breach UK immigration law, conspiracy to sell counterfeit goods, and money laundering.

In May this year, her vehicle was discovered in Winding Piece Walk in Capel St Mary having run out of tax.

Ong’s case was proved in her absence at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich. She was fined �175 as well as being ordered to pay �60 costs and a total of �63.75 back excise duty.

Last month her co-convicted Phing Woon Pun, 49, of Penn Close, Capel St Mary, was also prosecuted in his absence for a similar matter.

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Pun, who ran the former Temptations Chinese Buffet in Carr Street, Ipswich, also did not turn up to contest the offence before the same court.

He was fined �350. He was also ordered to pay �60 prosecution costs and �125 vehicle excise back duty.

Pun’s, untaxed Mercedes CLK500 was also found in Winding Piece Walk on May 25 this year.

In April 2010 he was convicted of conspiring to breach UK immigration law, conspiring to sell goods which infringed trademark and copyright, obtaining a �198,000 money transfer by deception, and converting criminal property.