United States Attorney David Capp
Northern District of Indiana
M01-204 S. Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601
Hammond South Bend Fort Wayne
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton April 21, 2010 PHONE: (219) 937-5603 www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/ Fax: (219) 852-2770ACTIVITY IN FEDERAL COURT - SOUTH BEND
South Bend, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced:Zhi Jian Jiang, 40, of Sacramento, California, plead guilty on 4/20/10 before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein, to concealing from detection illegal aliens and mail fraud. Jiang was the owner of the Fortune House restaurant located in Michigan City, Indiana. Jiang also owned a home where the illegal aliens were housed. As the employer, Jiang acknowledged that he was required to verify on an I-9 form (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) that an employee provided such documentation to establish the applicant’s identity and authorization to work. Jiang admitted that he hired four (4) Mexican workers in reckless disregard of their alien status to work at the restaurant. He further acknowledge that he did not have the workers complete I-9 forms nor did he report their wages to the Indiana Work Force Development Agency. Jiang also admitted that he caused a quarterly report to be prepared and mailed to Indiana Work Force Development, Indianapolis, Indiana, for the third calendar quarter of 2006 that did not list the wages of the 4 alien workers. This report did not list the names and wages so as not to disclose to a government authority that the aliens worked at the restaurant. Sentencing is set for July 12, 2010. This case was investigated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.
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