The China Post news staff
Former Taiwanese representative to Kansas City Jacqueline Liu (劉姍姍) was sentenced Friday morning in United States federal court for fraud in foreign labor after accepting a plea bargain which included a time-served prison sentence, US$80,000 in fines, and deportation. Liu, 65, had been in federal custody without bond since being arrested on Nov. 10, 2011, and had pleaded guilty on Nov. 18, 2011, admitting to having fraudulently hired two Filipino housekeepers for her residence and having paid them significantly less than promised while forcing them to work excessive hours. Under Liu’s plea deal, U.S. District Judge Greg Kays in Kansas City ordered her on Friday, Jan. 27, to pay US$80,044 in restitution for the two victims, as well as an as-yet unspecified fine to cover the full costs of her incarceration and deportation, including the round-trip expense of the federal agents in whose custody she would travel, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
According to the local United Evening News, the incarceration amount tallies to US$4,714, while the transportation fee is US$6,326 with a court fee of US$100. The total amount Liu is responsible for, in addition to the US$80,044 restitution for the victims, is US$91,184. Liu will remain in federal custody and be deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) — she would potentially return to Taiwan within the next two weeks, Liu’s lawyer Jim Wirken stated after the court session.
Under the terms of her plea agreement, Liu was required to waive her right to a hearing before an immigration judge, in addition to compensating the two victims.
Liu was the Director-General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) located in Kansas City, Missouri. The TECO is one of 13 offices responsible for maintaining close unofficial relations between the people of the United States and Taiwan.