Copper Recycler's Deferral Request Denied

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- An Oahu metal recycler, who pleaded no contest to copper law violations, learned her punishment Monday.

Kyung Hee Chon asked for a deferral, so she could have a chance to wipe her record clean. But the judge denied her request, saying copper thefts are having a significant impact on our communities.

Kalihi police stormed Chon's business, Aiea Recycling on Dillingham Boulevard, twice last year. Prosecutors say an undercover officer managed to sell a large spool of copper wire, clearly belonging to Hawaiian Electric Company, to her.

Before sentencing, the 44-year-old apologized through an interpreter.

"Your honor, I'm very sorry about what happened and about the whole situation," she said through tears. "I'm very, very sorry."

The judge sentenced Chon to five years probation, and ordered her to pay more than $18,000 in fines. She must also perform 100 hours of community service.