Wichita restaurant owner caught employing alien unlawfully

Published On: Apr 28 2014 05:42:48 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 28 2014 07:47:14 PM CDT

Two people are sentenced for harboring an alien unlawfully. The Chinese girl worked at the restaurant owned by Yong "Tony" Lin, 33, Wichita and his wife.

According to U.S. Attorney, Barry Grissom, Lin was sentenced Monday to two years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty to harboring the girl illegally in the United States. His wife, Zhuo Mei "Mandy" Weng, 29, Wichita, was sentenced to one year on probation after pleading guilty to hiding the crime. This is also a federal felony.

The couple agreed to forfeit approximately $8 thousand in cash that was seized by Homeland Security agents investigating the case. The money will be given to employees who are owed on back wages.

The Exploited and Missing Child Unit (EMCU) received a report in Sept. 2013 that a minor teenager from China was being housed with other restaurant workers in west Wichita at an apartment complex. They were also told that she was employed at World Buffet Grill at the 2200 block of N. Ridge Road. The EMCU was able to confirm the reports with the assistance of the Wichita Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations. The minor was placed elsewhere.

An indictment from Sept. 11 alleged that the couple was harboring and employing at least three restaurant employees they knew were unlawfully in the United States. The indictment showed that they paid the employees in cash, failed to follow wage and hour guidelines and failed to maintain 1-9 employment eligibility verification forms.