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    KS - Olathe restaurant owners, managers charged with harboring undocumented workers

    Posted: November 6, 2013 - 3:21pm

    By The Capital-Journal

    The owners of Wei’s Super Buffet restaurant in Olathe have been charged with harboring undocumented workers who were in the United States unlawfully.

    A news release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office Wednesday said a federal criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., alleges the owners and managers of the restaurant knowingly employed, transported and housed undocumented workers.

    The following defendants were charged with one count of conspiracy to transport undocumented workers; conceal, harbor and shield undocumented workers; and encourage or induce undocumented workers to unlawfully enter or remain in the United States.

    ■ Wei Liu, 40, Olathe, owner of Wei’s Super Buffet at 12225 Strang Line Road in Olathe and Wei’s Super Buffet at 7531 Wornall Road in Kansas City, Mo.

    ■ Xiang Liu, 35, Olathe, Wei Liu’s wife and restaurant manager.

    ■ Jin Hui Liu, 47, Olathe, Wei Liu’s brother-in-law.

    ■ Huiqing Liu, 44, Olathe, Wei Liu’s sister.

    ■ Quan Liu, 25, Kansas City, Mo., manager of the Wei’s Super Buffet in Kansas City, Mo.

    ■ Bin Liu, 39, Olathe

    An investigator’s affidavit alleges that beginning in February 2011 agents of Homeland Security Investigations began surveillance on the owners, managers and employees at Wei’s Super Buffet. They checked quarterly wage reports and unemployment tax returns submitted by the restaurant to the Kansas Department of Labor and they identified employees who were illegally present in the U.S. They also identified apartments rented by the defendants where undocumented workers were living.

    On Nov. 5, investigators served search and seizure warrants. During a search of Wei and Xiang Liu’s residence, where Biu Liu also resided, they found boxes of records associated with the daily operations of the restaurant and ledgers identifying the restaurant’s revenue. During the search of Jin Hui and Huiqing Liu’s residence, they found six undocumented workers residing the basement, all of whom worked at the restaurant. During the search of an apartment leased by Quan Liu near the restaurant in Kansas City, Mo., they found six undocumented workers residing there.

    The defendants face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 if they are convicted of the crimes.

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask is prosecuting.

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    The horror of it all. These people aren't latino. I'm sure that means that they'll be deported promptly. Funny how asians are never featured in a sob story.
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    Charges against restaurant owners part of crackdown on illegal immigration

    Posted: November 9, 2013 - 4:55pm
    Bill Draper
    The Associated Press

    U.S. Attorney working to target businesses that employ undocumented workers


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Federal charges against the owners and operators of two Chinese restaurants in the Kansas City metropolitan area are the latest in an effort by federal prosecutors in Kansas to crack down on businesses that employ and harbor people who are working illegally.

    U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced charges Wednesday against six people — most of whom are related — accused of “harboring undocumented workers” at Wei’s Super Buffet restaurants in Olathe and Kansas City, Mo.

    It’s the fourth time in just over a year that Grissom’s office has gone after businesses suspected of employing and harboring such workers, an approach he said is more cost-effective than “going out with school buses and rounding up illegal workers.”

    “Those would be replaced by other undocumented workers in a day,” Grissom said. “It’s a more effective use of taxpayers’ money and a better prosecution tool to go after those who employ them. It sends a so much louder message to the business community.”

    A federal complaint filed Wednesday identifies defendants Wei Liu as the owner of the two restaurants; his wife, Xiang Liu, as manager of the Olathe restaurant; Jin Hui Liu as Wei Lieu’s brother-in-law; and Huiqing Liu as Jin Hui’s wife and Wei Liu’s sister.

    The other two defendants are Quan Liu, manager of the Kansas City restaurant and nephew of Jin Hui Lui; and Bin Liu, who lives with his wife at Wei Liu’s home in Olathe. Neither Bin Liu’s role in the restaurants nor his relationship to the others is detailed in court documents.

    Wei Liu and Quan Liu did not have attorneys, according to federal court records. Jeremy Weis, a lawyer for Huiqing Liu, said he looks forward to defending his client. Lawyers for the other defendants did not return calls Friday seeking comment.

    According to the complaint, agents with Homeland Security Investigations started watching the Olathe restaurant in early 2011. Investigators checked wage and tax documents and identified several employees who were illegally in the U.S.

    When agents served search warrants Tuesday, they found six workers living in the basement of Jin Hui’s home and six others living in an apartment leased by Quan Liu near the Kansas City restaurant, prosecutors said.

    The workers were paid cash wages that amounted to less than minimum wage, and no taxes were taken out of those earnings, prosecutors said.

    The case is similar to others involving Chinese restaurants and those working illegally, including two cases in Missouri in recent years.

    In 2006, the owners of a Great Wall restaurant in Springfield were charged in federal court with harboring workers they had provided with a place to live and paid less than minimum wage — in cash, with no taxes taken out. The owners, who also were seen transporting several of the employees to work, claimed they were barely making ends meet and needed the lower-cost help to stay afloat.

    Those owners, Miao De Zhang and Ai Hui Chen, were sentenced to a year of probation.

    In December 2010, a Poplar Bluff, Mo., woman who managed a Chinese buffet restaurant pleaded guilty to harboring, transporting and hiring people living in the country illegally. She admitted providing housing for the workers and giving them rides to and from the restaurant to work.

    The manager, Hua Huang, also pleaded guilty to structuring a financial transaction and conspiring to commit visa fraud. She was sentenced to a year in prison and had to forfeit several pieces of real estate, vehicles and $35,000 in cash.

    Since September 2012, Grissom’s office filed similar charges against the owners of hotels in Overland Park and Kansas City, Mo.; a Wichita company that owned several McDonald’s restaurants; and a Spring Hill framing company.

    “I hope anyone who sees the news accounts of the work we’ve done in the past year-and-a-half in this regard, that at least it would give them pause to say, ‘Do I really want to put my assets at risk, put my liberty at risk, so I can compete unfairly against my competitors in my community?’” Grissom said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    “I hope anyone who sees the news accounts of the work we’ve done in the past year-and-a-half in this regard, that at least it would give them pause to say, ‘Do I really want to put my assets at risk, put my liberty at risk, so I can compete unfairly against my competitors in my community?’” Grissom said.
    Couldn't agree more. Ultimately, tho, Universal E-Verify would do more to protect jobs than will post-fact enforcement action. Illegals sneak into our country, because of the jobs lure. Eliminate that lure and very few people will even try to sneak in.

    IMO laptops and smarphones remove any excuse that small employers had for not checking the legality of their hires.
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    harboring workers they had provided with a place to live and paid less than minimum wage — in cash, with no taxes taken out.
    But if they were sick or hurt they showed for free treatment through MEDICAID. I get furious when the politicians talk about "entitlements" like MEDICAID and their costs while every illegal alien that sneaks in here gets free medical.

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