5 accused of extorting protection money from restaurant - New York News

5 accused of extorting protection money from restaurant

Posted: Updated:
DULUTH, Ga. -

Police have arrested five men accused of pressuring a local business owner to turn over cash in exchange for protection.

Federal investigators said that five members of an Atlanta-based gang demanded a monthly share of the Gah Bin Korean restaurant's profits beginning in 2009.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said the gang used threats, force and firearms to extort the money from the Korean bar and restaurant in Duluth.

Eugene Thomas Chung and his crew allegedly promised to assault the owner and harass customers and workers until the owner made payments ranging from $400 to $800.

The FBI opened an investigation after the unnamed restaurant owner was pistol-whipped.

According to a federal grand jury indictment, an undercover FBI agent learned about other illegal services the gang allegedly offered. Police say that included marijuana distribution, gambling, and debt collection.

The indictment states that Chung, the ringleader, offered to help the undercover agent by saying he and associates were "best at making people crippled," and said they could also make people "permanently limp, blind or deaf."

A 13-count indictment was returned this week. In addition to 39-year-old Chung, also charged are Athith A. Vorasith, 39, of Auburn, Ga.; Jong Sung Kim, 48, of Suwanee, Ga.; Ye El Choi, 30, of Norcross, Ga.; and Thomas Jungwon Lee, 32, of Duluth, Ga.

The men are charged with extortion, drug trafficking and firearms offenses. If convicted, the maximum sentence include life in prison.

The restaurant has since changed hands. Current owners said that if the charges are true, they are relieved that the alleged gang members are off the street.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Five Guys offers bacon milkshakes

    Five Guys offers bacon milkshakes

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:32:27 GMT
    Burger chain Five Guys is testing the adage that everything tastes better with bacon. It is rolling out a customizable milkshake program and along with bananas, peanut butter, Oreo cookies, salted caramel, you can chose bacon.  Yes that's right: a bacon milkshake.
    Burger chain Five Guys is testing the adage that everything tastes better with bacon. It is rolling out a customizable milkshake program and along with bananas, peanut butter, Oreo cookies, salted caramel, you can chose bacon.  Yes that's right: a bacon milkshake.
  • Serena Williams top seed at U.S. Open

    Serena Williams top seed at U.S. Open

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:55:24 GMT
    No surprise here: defending U.S. Open champion Serena Williams is the top seed at Flushing Meadows this year, the USTA announced. Williams is ranked No. 1 in the world right now. She has won the U.S. Open women's singles title five times, including the last two.
    No surprise here: defending U.S. Open champion Serena Williams is the top seed at Flushing Meadows this year, the USTA announced. Williams is ranked No. 1 in the world right now. She has won the U.S. Open women's singles title five times, including the last two.
  • Reward in probe of shooting of bald eagle in NJ

    Reward in probe of shooting of bald eagle in NJ

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:42:12 GMT
    Federal, state, and humane organizations are offering $7,500 in rewards in the case of the shooting of bald eagle in New Jersey. Someone shot a bald eagle in in Bridgeton City Park back in May, authorities said. The badly wounded bird was found May 20, 2014. Its wounds were so severe that it had to be euthanized.
    Federal, state, and humane organizations are offering $7,500 in rewards in the case of the shooting of bald eagle in New Jersey. Someone shot a bald eagle in in Bridgeton City Park back in May, authorities said. The badly wounded bird was found May 20, 2014. Its wounds were so severe that it had to be euthanized.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices