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Ipswich: Jailed restaurant boss in trouble again..for failing to tax his car while he is in prison

PUBLISHED: 12:02 01 October 2011

Phing Pun

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IPSWICH/CAPEL ST MARY: Insult has been added to injury for an imprisoned restaurant owner who must pay back nearly £700,000 in criminal profits.

Today, Phing Woon Pun faces finding a further £535 because his untaxed car was found by the roadside, 13 months after he had been jailed for six years.

Despite his imprisonment the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency took the 49-year-old, of Penn Close, Capel St Mary, to court for keeping a vehicle without a valid licence.

Pun, who ran the former Temptations Chinese Buffet in Carr Street, Ipswich, did not turn up to contest the offence when it came before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

The case was proved in his absence and Pun was fined £350. He was also stung for £60 prosecution costs and vehicle excise back duty of £125.

Pun was jailed in April last year. However, his untaxed Mercedes CLK500 was found in Winding Piece Walk in Capel St Mary on May 25 this year.

The previous tax disc had expired on November 30, 2010 – seven months after he had been sent to prison.

In June this year Ipswich Crown Court made a confiscation order of £683,370 against Pun, who also ran the Lucky Star Takeaway in Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich. At the time it was said he would have to sell assets including business interests, property and cars, in order to pay.

In April 2010 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.

Pun’s wife Kim Tai Wong, 47, must hand over £322,021, after being jailed for 30 months for conspiring to breach UK immigration laws and converting criminal property.

Their son, Yung Fatt Pun, 29, of Silk Street, Ipswich, was told to pay £4,732 after being jailed for four years for conspiring to breach UK immigration laws, fraud and converting criminal property.

The trio were arrested after raids at Temptations and the Lucky Star found a total of 20 illegal immigrants and workers.

The Puns’ daughter, Siow Yin Pun, 28, of Silk Street, was jailed for three years for conspiring to breach UK immigration laws, conspiring to sell counterfeit goods and converting criminal property.

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.

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