Posted on August 18, 2011

Lawyer Busted for Helping Smuggle More Than 450 Illegal Immigrants into Country

Scott Shifrel, NY Daily News, August 17, 2011

A Manhattan immigration lawyer was arrested Tuesday on charges of helping smuggle more than 450 illegal immigrants into the country.

Hak Tung Lam, 44, of Flushing, Queens, was charged with recommending where to bring the illegal immigrants–who were Chinese–to avoid detection, and filing false documents, according to documents filed in Manhattan Federal Court.


A spreadsheet immigration officials obtained last month showed that Hak, who allegedly received $2,000 per immigrant, had helped 468 illegal immigrants.

Also arrested were his brother, Wen Wo Lam, 43, of Staten Island, and Ying Yang, 30, of Flushing, a receptionist at Hak’s Bowery office.