Operators Of Chinese Restaurant In Jacksonville Plead Guilty To Harboring Illegal Aliens
Jacksonville, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announced yesterday that Su Yong Lin (38) and Qing Guo (37), both of Jacksonville, Florida, pled guilty to the offense of harboring aliens who were unlawfully present in the United States. Both face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled. Lin and Guo were arrested on June 29, 2011.
According to the facts admitted by Lin and Guo, the aliens worked at China Super Buffet, a restaurant located on Dunn Avenue in Jacksonville and operated by Lin and Guo. Over a period of about a year, investigators observed Lin, Guo, and others drive workers between Lin and Guo’s personal residence and the restaurant, at the beginning and end of work days.
On June 29, 2011, search warrants were executed at the residence and restaurant, at which time several individuals who were unlawfully present in the United States were discovered. During interviews with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents, the workers said that they were paid in cash and that Lin and Guo had never asked about their immigration status and had never asked them to fill out the paperwork required by law to demonstrate legal authorization to work in the United States.
Lin and Guo did not report any paid workers’ wages to government authorities. Nor did they pay unemployment taxes, withholding taxes, or other required payments for the workers' wages.
This case was investigated by the Jacksonville office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Arnold B. Corsmeier.