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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chinese Restaurant Manager Sentenced for Harboring Illegal Aliens for Commercial Gain


ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Zhou Wang Ni, 48, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of harboring illegal aliens for commercial gain, was sentenced two years probation by U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer. The defendant was also placed on 3 months of home detention and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant is the manager of the Grand Super Buffet Chinese Restaurant located on Jefferson Road in Henrietta, NY. As manager, Ni hired several illegal aliens to work in the restaurant who he knew were not lawfully present in the United States. The defendant housed these workers in properties he owned around Rochester and paid them in cash. While conducting surveillance, federal agents observed Ni driving these individuals to work at the restaurant on several occasions.

Homeland Security Investigations conducted an immigration audit of the restaurant during the course of the investigation during which the defendant concealed the fact that those illegal aliens were working. However, agents had video footage of those same workers being picked up by the defendant in the morning, being driven to the restaurant, and then working inside during the day.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero.
Updated November 19, 2014