Burien’s Crystal Nails Operators Plead Guilty To Illegal Importing, Bribing A Fed
On Friday (Nov. 13th) Toan Le, 51, and Hang Ho, 41, of the Crystal Nails salon in Burien plead guilty in US District Court to charges of attempting to illegally import an unapproved skin treatment device as well as two counts of attempting to bribe a federal official.
Le pleaded guilty to bribing a public official, and could face up to two years in prison. Ho pleaded guilty to importing an unapproved medical device into the country, which could result in one year in the slammer.
According to court documents, Ho attempted to import a laser-type device called a”skin light machine,” which emits radiation and has not been approved by the FDA for use in the US.
Le and Ho also plead guilty to offering bribes of $500, then $800 to a federal FDA official to overlook the unapproved machinery.
According to the FDA, some consumers have suffered severe burns and infection, and others have actually died after being treated by the unapproved laser devices.
Crystal Nails is located at 15728 First Ave South in Burien, in the strip mall behind McDonaldâ€™s and Roundtable Pizza, and across the parking lot from Page2 Books.