From the Daily News:
A Malaysian man smuggled illegal Chinese immigrants into Brooklyn in style - aboard the ultraposh Queen Mary 2 cruise ship, federal authorities say.
Five women and four men were taken into custody last month after the QM2 - touted as the most luxurious ocean liner ever built - arrived at the New York Cruise Terminal in Red Hook.
The accused smuggler, Fatt Kwee Wong, told agents he was paid $3,000 for each of the nine passengers by an unidentified person in China. The illegal immigrants also forked over $500 each when they boarded the ship in Dubai, according to court papers.
A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it is believed to be the first case of its kind in the New York area.