Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The owners of a Wichita Chinese restaurant have been arrested on immigration related charges.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom's office says Yong “Tony” Lin, 33, and his wife, Zhuo Mei “Mandy” Weng, 29, both of Wichita, were arrested by the Department of Homeland Security Tuesday. They had both been indicted on charges of conspiracy and harboring of aliens unlawfully in the United States.
The indictment charges the couple with two counts of conspiracy and six counts of harboring. The government is also seeking the forfeiture of property.
The indictment alleges that Lin and Weng paid employees in cash, failed to withhold for taxes and Social Security, failed to maintain unemployment and workers compensation insurance, and failed to complete and maintain DHS Employment Eligibility Authorization (I-9) forms.
Homeland Security agenst and the Wichita Police Department, executed search warrants at three west Wichita apartments and the restaurant, World Buffet Grill, 2243 N. Ridge Rd.
“The U.S. Attorney’s office is aggressively pursuing employers who knowingly hire undocumented and falsely-documented workers,” Grissom said Tuesday. “When a business engages in this practice, it not only encourages illegal immigration, it also gives the employer an unfair advantage in the marketplace. We have several more ongoing investigations along these lines.”
If convicted, Lin and Weng face a maximum of five years in prison on each of the eight counts. The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Wichita Police Department, the Exploited and Missing Children’s Unit, and the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office.