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Pennsylvania restaurant owners accused of fraud

A case currently filed in federal court alleges that multiple restaurant owners and managers have engaged in using illegal immigrants as workers at several locations in the State College, Pennsylvania, area. The case includes allegations of fraud against both the state and nation based on false reports of employment data. The age range of those accused stretches from 27 to 51 years of age.

Those individuals are accused of conspiring to recruit illegal aliens as restaurant employees. The parties allegedly used an employment agency to locate potential workers of Chinese or Hispanic origin. The workers were then transported to the area by means of commercial buses, and provided with housing upon arrival.

According to court documents, the restaurant owners and managers failed to properly list these workers on tax and audit documents. They are also alleged to have failed to withhold state or federal taxes on the undocumented workers, or to pay them a fair wage. Workers were allegedly required to make use of shared housing, transportation and other services in efforts to control costs and maximize the profitability for the restaurant owners and operators.

As the Pennsylvania case moves forward, at least eight individuals are accused of fraud and other crimes in relation to the hiring of undocumented workers. In addition to the risk of time in federal prison, the prosecution is also seeking seizure of significant volumes of property and cash taken from several of the establishments. The report does not indicate whether the workers allegedly hired under this act of conspiracy have been deported back to their countries of origin.

Source: fox43.com, "Eight State College area restaurant owner/managers allegedly conspired to transport, harbor illegal aliens", Howard Sheppard, July 16, 2015

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