Trial scheduled July 12 for man accused in attempted bribery

April 06, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The trial of an Elkridge massage parlor operator accused of trying to bribe a state inspector and two Howard County police officers has been set for July 12.

Court officials also set a June 3 hearing date for motions filed on behalf of Sung Yul Kim, 65, of Fort Lee, N.J. He is free on $100,000 bond.

Kim, the owner of the Oriental Spa in the 6300 block of Washington Blvd., was arrested in February after an investigation that spanned more than a year. He is accused of offering bribes to state inspector Paul Murphy, who alerted authorities, according to prosecutors.

Two officers were brought in undercover, posing as corrupt police officials; Kim is said to have given gave them money, liquor, jewelry and meals to help him obtain phony green cards, among other requests, according to a federal affidavit filed to support the seizure of more than $1 million of Kim's assets. He also asked one of the officers to "harass" other area massage parlor owners, saying he wanted to buy the businesses at a "reduced price," the affidavit said.

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