2 Guilty In Texas Immigrant Employment Scam

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Two Houston residents have pleaded guilty in an employment scam targeting immigrants in the U.S. illegally and providing cheap labor for Chinese restaurants.

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday announced 54-year-old Lina Sun and 57-year-old Chenglun Ma pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy.

Both pleaded guilty Tuesday in Beaumont and face up to 20-year prison terms. No sentencing date was immediately set.

Investigators say two businesses in Houston recruited immigrants mostly from Mexico and Central America. Federal officials have said the Hong Li and the Tai Shan agencies provided workers to restaurants in Texas, Louisiana, Maine and other states.

Court records indicate Sun and Ma were affiliated with the Hong Li enterprise.

Indictments unsealed in January charged 32 individuals with racketeering-related counts. Details weren’t immediately available on the status of the other cases.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Houston

6-10s Calendar
Watch Now: Live Video & Video Highlights

Listen Live