An Orange County businessman who repeatedly lied to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about efforts to give a foreign nation sophisticated infrared and ultraviolet camouflaging capability paint used by U.S. armed forces hoped for punishment leniency.
Jay Soh, a 1983 immigrant from South Korea, argued for no prison time because he and his wife are caring for a daughter with a serious medical condition, and because he “is a good Christian” who has served as a deacon as well as choir director of a Presbyterian church in Southern California.
Soh, 59, also stated he deserved a sentence of no worse than home detention for six months and a $2,000 fine, pointing out that he has given “countless” sleeping bags to the homeless and his friends consider him “gentle, humble . . . with a warm heart.”
Though a representative of the Massachusetts company that makes MIL-PAINT advised him that he couldn’t export the product without a license from the U.S. Department of State, Soh purchased 24 kits of the substance and tried to ship it to South Korea.
“The defendant acted willfully, deliberately and with knowledge that his statements [to Homeland Security agents] were untrue,” an assistant U.S. attorney noted.
But while the federal prosecutor called the crime “serious,” he recommended a term of home detention for six months plus a fine of $5,500.
This week inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter accepted the prosecutor’s recommendation.
CNN-featured investigative reporter R. Scott Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; earned six dozen other reporting awards; obtained one of the last exclusive prison interviews with Charles Manson disciple Susan Atkins; won inclusion in Jeffrey Toobin’s The Best American Crime Reporting for his coverage of a white supremacist’s senseless murder of a beloved Vietnamese refugee; launched multi-year probes that resulted in the FBI arrests and convictions of the top three ranking members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department; and gained praise from New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing entrenched Southern California law enforcement corruption.