|Currency plate repatriation ceremony. Source: ICE|
ICE today clarified in a public statement, "To avoid criminal prosecutions, both men entered into agreements with the government forfeiting their claims to the currency plate." The agency added, "Youn, a Korean native who was illegally present in the United States, agreed to voluntarily depart the country and returned to his native country July 31. Amato entered into an agreement for pretrial diversion and has satisfactorily met the following conditions: 90-days of supervised release; payment of $35,000; and 40 hours of community service."
U.S. Ambassador Sung Y. Kim transferred the currency plate during a ceremony held in Seoul, pictured above.
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