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Authorities seek to seize two KC hotels after owners charged with hiring undocumented workers

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012, at 11:01 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012, at 11:27 a.m.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom today announced federal charges against the owners of two Kansas City area Clarion hotels in a case involving undocumented workers.

He said the government would seek forfeiture of the hotels and bank accounts.

Munir Ahmad Chaudary, 51, and his wife, Rhonda R. Bridge, 40, both of Overland Park, were charged with five counts of conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens for personal gain and four counts of wire fraud.

The hotels are at Interstate 435 and Metlcalf Avenue in Overland Park and near Kansas City International Airport.

The workers were primarily from Mexico, but also Pakistan. They came of their own accord, Grissom said.

The workers are being interviewed by immigration officials. They are not being arrested. Immigration officials will decide what to about their immigration status after the case has concluded.

Also charged in the case was desk clerk Syed Naqvy, 34, of Overland Park. He was charged with one count of making a false statement.

Grissom said authorities received a tip in December 2011 that the hotels’ owners were hiring individuals they knew were undocumented.

An undercover agent applied for a job, saying he was an undocumented worker. He was told he would be paid less, Grissom said.

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Other cases are under investigation in Topeka, Wichita and Salina, Kan., said Grissom, who is the U.S. attorney for Kansas.

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