Three Employees Of Iowa City Restaurant Charged With Bootlegging

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter



By Richard Pratt

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Three employees at a downtown Iowa City Asian restaurant have been charged with bootlegging.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, officers conducted a bar check at Uncle Sun, 100 S. Linn St., at 12:49 a.m. Sunday. Police said as they attempted to enter the restaurant, a door man blocked their progress. Police said they could see a money box and another man holding wrist bands. There were multiple alcohol containers just inside the front door, police said.

Officers gained entry to the business and found numerous alcohol bottles, red Solo cups, toppers for liquor bottles and mixers throughout the restaurant.

Sgt. Vicki Lalla said Uncle Sun does not have a liquor license.

Police said employees were checking IDs and giving wrist bands to patrons that were of legal drinking age.

Employees initially denied providing alcohol to patrons, but changed their story when officers noticed all of the alcohol.

As a result of the investigation, 24-year-old Pengfei Sun, 24-year-old Kang Hee Lee and 22-year-old Han Junhyuk were charged with bootlegging, a serious misdemeanor.
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