News/US: Elkins restaurateur charged with harboring aliens

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Subject: News/US: Elkins restaurateur charged with harboring aliens
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Apr 17 2000 - 09:27:30 EDT


Elkins restaurateur charged with harboring aliens
March 15, 2000

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- The owner of a Chinese restaurant in Elkins has
been charged with hiring and harboring illegal aliens since 1996.

Judy Chen, who is also known by several aliases, was named in a 10-count
indictment handed up by a federal grand jury late Tuesday.

Chen, 39 is charged with six counts of knowingly harboring the aliens for
financial gain at her home and at the Peking Restaurant, as well as
engaging in a pattern of hiring illegal aliens over four years.

Three other counts of the indictment charge her with helping the workers
obtain fake registration cards and paying for those cards to keep them on
the job.

If convicted, Chen could be sentenced to as many as 10 years in prison and
millions of dollars in fines on each of nine counts, and an additional six
months for one count.
Melanie Orhant <<morhant@igc.org>>
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