Former Gwinnett County gang leader Eugene Chung has been sentenced to over ten years in prison on federal extortion charges.
Chung lead a gang of men that violently collected debts from Gwinnett County’s Korean-American business community, and shook down business owners for “protection payments”. Chung and his gang also engaged in other criminal conduct including drug trafficking, firearms offenses, and gambling.
“Chung carefully cultivated his reputation for violence, and profited from that reputation by victimizing our Korean-American community,” said U.S. Attorney John Horn.
Due to the efforts of brave community members working with federal agents since 2009, prosecutors were able to sentence Chung to federal prison.
“The FBI thanks those individuals for their efforts as they now enjoy a safer community due primarily to their own actions and willingness to get involved,” said FBI Special Agent David J. LeValley.
Chung earlier pled guilty to two counts of interfering with commerce by extortion. Four other members of Chung’s gang were also convicted of federal extortion offenses.
- Julien Virgin is a staff writer at CBS Radio.