LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has successfully secured convictions against the owner and two employees Bongsoongah Hak (3950 Wilshire Blvd.) for selling alcohol after hours and attempting to hide evidence from police.
“The after-hours serving of alcohol is not only illegal, it is detrimental to the community,” said Feuer. “This conviction is a product of an effective partnership between my office and law enforcement and sends a clear message that this behavior will not be tolerated.”
“The Olympic Area police station has been working with local bars and restaurants to ensure compliance with the law,” said Captain Vito Palazzolo, Los Angeles Police Department. “Bars and restaurants that operate after hours and commit other related violations not only gain an unfair advantage over law-abiding businesses, they also lead to the commission of crimes such as assaults, drunk in public, and driving under the influence – crimes that are detrimental to our community. Olympic area has warned these businesses that this conduct will not be tolerated, and the convictions in this case are a result of strict enforcement.”
Min Ah Lee, 48, was convicted of one count of allowing alcohol to be consumed after 2:00 a.m. at her restaurant. Judge Robert Longoria sentenced her to one year of probation and ordered that her current restaurant manager completes the Standardized Training for Alcohol Retailers (“STAR”) program.
Employees Dae Geun Kim, 26, and Jae Hyeok Lee, 27, were each convicted of one count of destroying or concealing evidence. Judge Longoria sentenced both employees to one year of probation and ordered them to complete STAR training.
On April 8, 2015, ABC agents conducted an inspection of the restaurant at approximately 2:30 a.m. Kim allegedly slammed and locked the restaurant door once agents identified themselves as police officers. Kim and Lee allegedly quickly ran around the restaurant collecting, throwing away, and hiding bottles of alcohol they had been serving to patrons. Video evidence obtained by the ABC agents confirmed that the employees were serving alcohol after 2:00 a.m., and that they attempted to conceal the alcohol when agents arrived.
The case was successfully prosecuted by City Attorney Neighborhood Prosecutor Steve Houchin of LAPD’s Olympic Division.