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April 28, 2014

Wichita restaurant owner, wife sentenced for illegally employing Chinese teenager

A northwest Wichita restaurant owner and his wife were sentenced Monday in federal court in a case that involved harboring a Chinese teenage girl who worked at their business.

A northwest Wichita restaurant owner and his wife were sentenced Monday in federal court in a case that involved harboring a Chinese teenage girl who worked at their business.

Yong “Tony” Lin, 33, was sentenced to two years of supervised release, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom. He pleaded guilty on Feb. 12 to harboring the girl, who was in the United States illegally.

His wife, Zhuo Mei “Mandy” Weng, 29, was sentenced to one year probation after pleading guilty to hiding the crime.

The girl worked for Lin at the World Buffet Grill, near 21st and Ridge Road. The restaurant has since closed.

Federal investigators filed charges in September that said Lin and Weng had at least three employees at their restaurant who they knew were in the U.S. illegally. Lin and Weng often paid those employees in cash and didn’t follow laws on minimum wage and hours worked, Grissom said.

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