Fatt Kwee Wong Caught Smuggling Illegal Immigrants into U.S. Aboard Queen Mary 2
Authorities are saying a Malaysian man attempted to smuggle illegal Chinese immigrants into New York aboard Cunard's Queen Mary 2, a transatlantic ship deemed the "most luxurious ocean liner ever build."
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The New York Daily News is reporting five women and four men were taken into custody last month after they arrived at the New York Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Far from stowaways, the illegal immigrants had access to all of the ship's spectacular amenities – including a planetarium, the largest ballroom at sea, a Canyon Ranch spa, and several gourmet restaurants.
According to agents the accused smugger, Fatt Kwee Wong, 49, says he was paid $3,000 for each of the nine passengers by an unidentified person in China. The illegal immigrants also paid $500 each when they boarded the ship in Dubai, according to court papers.
Red flags went off at the terminal when Wong, who carried a Japanese passport and speaks Mandarin, failed to name his nine companions. A fingerprint check showed he was wanted for smuggling aliens into Bermuda.
A spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection tells the Daily News it is believed this is the first case of its kind in the New York area.
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