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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 12, 2013

Couple Charged With Harboring Aliens Through Waterloo Business

Yu Jiang, age 30, and Christy Wen Zu, age 28, from Waterloo, Iowa, have been charged with one count of conspiracy to transport, harbor and encourage illegal aliens to reside in the United States. The charge is contained in an Information filed today in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.

The Information alleges that during 2011 and 2012, Jiang and Zu, doing business as the Hibachi Sushi Buffet restaurant, knowingly employed undocumented foreign nationals to work at the restaurant. The workers were provided housing by the restaurant and were transported on a daily basis to and from an apartment. The workers were provided meals at the restaurant at no charge and were paid in cash for their services.

If convicted, Jiang and Zu each face a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, $100 in special assessments, and up to three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

Jiang and Zu’s first appearance in federal court in Cedar Rapids for an arraignment and plea hearing is set for August 27, 2013.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard L. Murphy and was investigated by Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is 13-CR-02017.

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