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From: CNN
In: Los Angeles
Posted: 8-4-97

Subject: Kim Plea Postponed Until Aug. 11

Rep. Jay Kim (R-Calif.) and his wife June Kim appeared in federal court this morning to plead guilty to accepting illegal campaign contributions. But rather than entering the plea today, both agreed to appear before a different judge on Monday, Aug. 11, and enter their pleas then.

The Kims and his congressional campaign were formally charged last Thursday with campaign finance violations involving more than $230,000 in illegal campaign contributions, including accepting donations from corporations and from a foreign national, U.S. Attorney Nora Manella said last week.

Rep. Kim, a three-term Republican from Diamond Bar, Calif., reached an agreement with federal prosecutors in which he will plead guilty to three charges that he knowingly accepted an illegal $50,000 campaign contribution from a Taiwanese national, caused more than $83,000 in illegal corporate contributions to be made by his firm, JayKim Engineers, Inc., to his campaign, and accepted an illegal $12,000 corporate contribution from Nikko Enterprises, Inc.

June Kim has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of knowingly and willfully accepting more than $19,000 in illegal corporate contributions.

Rep. Kim also agreed to enter guilty pleas on behalf of his campaign committee to five counts of concealing illegal contributions in numerous reports his campaign committee submitted to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) between 1992 and 1997.

Those charges include concealing $98,000 in illegal loan contributions concealing $83,248 in illegal corporate contributions from Jay Kim Engineers, Inc.; concealing $19,000 in illegal corporate contributions made by individuals who were reimbursed by corporations; concealing thousands of dollars in illegal corporate contributions; and concealing an illegal $1,000 corporate contribution from Korean Air.

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