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Mother tries to bribe customs official with sex over $160,000 in undeclared luxury goods

By Mason White 3:48 PM December 13, 2015
Hong Yang (center) 

By: Chan Yuan
A woman was arrested after she was recorded trying to bribe an official with sex.

55-year-old Hong Yang has been accused of offering sex to a Customs and Border Patrol officer in exchange for allowing her daughter to pass through security with undeclared goods worth $160,000.

Hong Yang, a divorcee who lives in China, arrived on the Air France flight from Paris to Kennedy Airport, with her sister and her adult daughter, who lives in Manhattan. The daughter is a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Customs and Border Patrol officers found the daughter was in possession of various undeclared goods, including expensive designer handbags, watches, a fur coat and diamond jewelry worth $160,000.

Yang allegedly wrote her name and phone number on a piece of paper and handed it to the officer, according to the complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn.

She then allegedly offered $10,000 and a wristwatch if he let his daughter pass through customs with the goods, the complaint states.

The honest officer apologized and left before returning to Yang.

At that point, she bribed the officer was sex and promised to take him to China, according to the complaint. She was not arrested at that time.

She was arrested over the weekend at the airport while trying to board a flight back home to China. Yang was released on $250,000 bond.