The leader of a ring that promised to deliver “party packs” of sex and drugs around large events in the New York area, including the Super Bowl, pleaded guilty to charges that could land her in prison for as long as three years.
Hyun Ok Yoon Ung, 41, of Woodbury, New York, was one of 18 people arrested in January following an 11-month probe of the ring, which provided prostitutes and cocaine and advertised through the Internet, text messages and public access television, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement.
Ung pleaded guilty yesterday in state court in Manhattan to promoting prostitution in the third degree and faces a prison term of one to three years when she is sentenced on Oct. 24, Schneiderman’s office said. She also agreed to forfeit more than $700,000 in proceeds from the enterprise.
“Those who poison our communities with drugs and exploit women by promoting prostitution will be held accountable,” Schneiderman said.
The ring sent a text message to frequent customers 10 days before the Super Bowl advertising “new sexy & beautiful girls R in town waiting for u,” according to Schneiderman’s office. It laundered its proceeds through businesses including wholesalers of clothing, wigs and beauty supplies, as well as a limousine service, Schneiderman’s office said.
Sometimes the ring accepted credit cards and made the charges appear as payments for legitimate services, Schneiderman said in January. Prostitutes would often charge a customer’s card repeatedly, when the person was “impaired,” reaching totals of as much as $10,000 a night, according to Schneiderman.