Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Convicted Murderer Pleads Guilty of Fraud

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Convicted Murderer Pleads Guilty of Fraud

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A confessed killer who is serving life in prison for a grisly triple homicide in Tenafly four years ago pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to charges relating to his use of stolen and fraudulently obtained credit cards.

With six uniformed and plainclothes security officers flanking him, Kang-Hyuk Choi, 37, of Valley Stream, N.Y., admitted his guilt before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden in Newark.

The judge then sentenced Choi to 15 months, a term that will begin immediately and run concurrently with a state prison sentence that requires Choi to serve at least 63 years behind bars before he is eligible for parole.

Dressed in a khaki-colored shirt and matching pants, Choi listened intently as an interpreter translated the proceedings into Korean. When asked by the judge if he wished to address the court, Choi replied through the interpreter, "I have nothing to say."

Choi will serve his federal sentence in the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, where he is currently serving three life terms for fatally stabbing three members of a Tenafly family, stealing credit cards from one of the victims, possessing weapons and hindering apprehension.

Choi pleaded guilty last September to killing Han "Sean" Kim with a kitchen knife during an argument over money in May 2008. He repeatedly stabbed the victim's mother, Yoo Bok Kim, when she came into the bedroom the next morning, and then attacked and killed Sean Kim's uncle, Doo Soo Seo, when he responded to the woman's cries for help, authorities said.

The bodies were found two weeks later, and within 36 hours of their discovery, police arrested Choi at a casino in California. He was carrying $88,000 in cash and $14,000 in casino chips.

Scheme led to slaying

An investigation revealed that Choi and Kim had been arguing over commissions from a credit-boosting scheme, authorities have said. …

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