Wichita couple sentenced for illegal employee

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita couple has been sentenced for harboring a Chinese teenager who worked at their restaurant.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that 33-year-old Yong “Tony” Lin was sentenced Monday to two years of supervised release. His wife, 29-year-old Zhuo Mei “Mandy” Weng, was sentenced to one year probation.

Lin pleaded guilty in February to harboring the girl, who was in the United States illegally. Weng pleaded guilty to hiding the crime.

The girl worked at the World Buffet Grill, which is now closed.

Federal investigators said in September that Lin and Weng had at least three employees who they knew were in the U.S. illegally. They often paid those employees in cash and didn’t follow laws on minimum wage and hours worked.

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