Ipswich: Family must repay �1m made from criminal business empire

IPSWICH: Three members of an Ipswich family who made more than �10million from illegal business dealings have been ordered by a court to pay back more than �1m.

Phing Woon Pun, who ran the Temptation Chinese Buffet in Carr Street, Ipswich and the Lucky Star Takeaway in Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich, will have to sell assets including business interests, property and cars to pay a �683,370 confiscation order made by a judge at Ipswich Crown Court.

His wife Kim Tai Wong will have to pay back �322,021 while their son, Yung Fatt Pun, will have to pay �4,732.

The trio were arrested after immigration officers carried out raids at the two restaurants and discovered 16 Chinese and Malaysian illegal immigrants working at the premises in Carr Street and a further four illegal workers at the Lucky Star restaurant.

In addition to being involved in the exploitation of illegal workers Pun, daughter Siow Yin Pun and restaurant manger Ai Vee Ong were also found to have been selling counterfeit goods in Temptation Accessory shops in The Walk, Ipswich and Eld Lane, Colchester.

Phing Woon Pun, 48, of Penn Close, Capel St Mary, was jailed for six years last April after he was convicted of conspiring to breach UK immigration laws, conspiring to sell goods which infringed trademark and copyright, obtaining a �198,000 money transfer by deception and converting criminal property.

Kim Tai Wong, 47, of the same address, was jailed for 30 months after being found guilty of conspiring to breach UK immigration laws and converting criminal property while son Yung Fatt Pun, 29, of Silk Street, Ipswich, was jailed for four years after being found guilty of conspiring to breach UK immigration laws, fraud and converting criminal property.

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Their daughter, Siow Yin Pun, 28, also of Silk Street, was jailed for three years for conspiring to breach UK immigration laws, conspiring to sell counterfeit goods and converting criminal property while restaurant manager Ai Vee Ong, 32, of Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich, was jailed for four years for conspiring to breach UK immigration law, conspiring to sell counterfeit goods and converting criminal property.

All five had denied the offences but were convicted after a two month trial.

They were back in court yesterday for a confiscation hearing at which Judge Peter Thompson made orders totalling more than �1m.

Judge Thompson made confiscation orders in respect of the realisable assets of all the defendants and passed prison terms in default of payment on all the defendants apart from Sioux Yin Pun. He also made financial reporting orders on all the defendants apart from Ai Veen Ong who is expected to be deported.

Judge Thompson said the money recovered from the defendants would “provide some justice for the public purse” and help towards the “excessive” cost of the court proceedings.

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