Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/US: 3 restaurant owners arrested in Gainesville on alien charges
From: Melanie Orhant (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Oct 26 2000 - 09:53:00 EDT
3 restaurant owners arrested in Gainesville on alien charges
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, July 28, 2000
GAINESVILLE -- Two Chinese restaurants and a home were raided by
federal and local authorities who charged the owners with conspiracy
to harbor illegal aliens.
Up to 20 Asian and Hispanic workers lived at the Gainesville home,
sleeping in bunk beds, cots and on the floor, according to a
complaint filed in federal court. The residents were ferried to work
at China Super Buffet and the New China restaurant.
Chang Qin Zheng, 39, his wife Jin Shuang Zheng, no age available, and
his brother Zheng Wei Zheng, 26, were charged with conspiracy to
harbor aliens for commercial gain, said U.S. Attorney Michael
Sharpshooters with armored personnel carriers raided the home
Thursday, arresting Zheng Wei Zheng when he drove up. Employees were
shackled and herded out of China Super Buffet later. Employees were
also taken from New China.
The complaint said Zheng Wei Zheng is himself an illegal alien who
was named in a deportation order in New York City in 1997.
The raids capped an investigation that began in late January when the
Gainesville FBI office received an anonymous letter saying the Zhengs
hired and housed illegal aliens. A similar letter was sent to the
Immigration and Naturalization Service.
FBI and INS agents watched as the residents were driven to and from
the restaurants from March 24 to July 20. Undercover agents ate at
the restaurants to confirm the people they saw being transported were
The complaint said a van and cars used to carry the workers are
registered to the Zhengs.
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