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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Owner of Saga Restaurants Sentenced for Harboring Illegal Aliens

PITTSBURGH – A resident of McKees Rocks, PA, has been sentenced in federal court on his conviction of harboring illegal aliens, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today. The court imposed a term of imprisonment of one day, a term of supervised release of three years, with 24 weeks of intermittent confinement and home detention, followed by an additional three months of home confinement and a fine of $30,000. During the period of intermittent confinement, the defendant shall serve two days a week at a jail or a community confinement center designated by the Bureau of Prisons.

Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on Xing Zheng Lin, aka Steve Lin, age 44, of McKees Rocks, PA.

According to information presented to the court, from in and around 2009, until on or about January 10, 2014, Lin harbored illegal aliens who were employed at Saga Restaurant in Monroeville, Robinson, and Bethel Park, all of which were owned by Lin.

Assistant United States Attorney Shardul S. Desai prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Song commended the Homeland Security Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Lin.

Updated August 10, 2017