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United States of America v. Rui Ping Lin and Red Samurai Sushi, Inc.
Case Number: 3:20-cr-00091-DCB-FKB
Judge: David M. Bramlette, III
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (Hinds County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney's Office
Defendant's Attorney: Call 918-582-6422 for free help finding a criminal defense lawyer.
Jackson, MS - The United States of America charged Rui Ping Lin and Red Samurai Sushi, Inc. with illegally harboring aliens.
From March 2014 through February 2017, Rui Ping Lin was the owner of a restaurant in Madison named Red Samurai Sushi, Inc. During this time, the Defendant hired and employed illegal aliens, whose initials were “A.D.S.,” “D.G.P.,” “J.C.P.,” “J.S.L.,” knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that these illegal aliens had come to, entered and remained in the United States in violation of law.
On February 22, 2017, HSI agents executed a search warrant at Red Samurai and encountered these illegal aliens. The investigation revealed that none of these illegal aliens had been required to complete any paperwork or show any documents or identification when they were hired as employees, nor had they been asked about their immigration status. The investigation further revealed that Defendant managed the restaurant, hired these employees without valid documentation, housed many of the illegal alien employees at a home in Madison, made the schedules for these illegal alien employees, and transported these illegal alien employees to and from the restaurant. When interviewed by HSI agents, Defendant admitted to paying these employees in cash. The Defendants also failed to withhold and pay federal income taxes on these illegal aliens, failed to prepare I-9 Forms, and failed to report wages to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security or the Internal Revenue Service.
By not requiring such illegal alien employees to fill out employment applications, not requiring illegal alien employees to submit valid identification, not paying illegal alien employees via check, not withholding taxes from such gross income, allowing illegal alien employees to live in company-provided housing, and transporting illegal alien employees to and from the restaurant, the Defendants harbored these illegal aliens and substantially facilitated their remaining in the U.S. illegally.
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Glenda Haynes and Dave Fulcher and United States Attorney Mike Hurst.
BRINGING IN AND HARBORING ILLEGAL ALIENS
Outcome: Defendant pleaded guilty was sentenced to two years' probation and an immigration compliance program, in addition to forfeiture and a $100,000 fine.