News

2 Guilty In Texas Immigrant Employment Scam

View Comments
File photo of a courtroom. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of a courtroom. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Featured Items

77820352_8Hot Cheerleader - Funny Faces 2014

Small-WttJersey Ads Are Coming

Small-WttWatch: Are You Smarter Than A 6-10?

From Our CBS Music Sites

77820352_815 Things Men Think About During Sex

77820352_8 Renee Zellweger Releases Statement About 'New Face' Rumors

listicle 3 2 Guilty In Texas Immigrant Employment Scam4 Things You Should Be Doing To Make Your Day Better

77820352_8Top 10 Horror Films

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 25,196 other followers