Akron restaurant owners sentenced to prison, deportation for harboring undocumented workers

Akron restaurant owners sentenced to prison, deportation for harboring undocumented workers
Xin Hau Hsu (Source: U.S. Department of Justice
Xin Hau Hsu (Source: U.S. Department of Justice
Zho Qiang Zou (Source: U.S. Department of Justice)
Zho Qiang Zou (Source: U.S. Department of Justice)

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - A couple who owned and operated an Akron restaurant were sentenced to prison time and deportation for harboring undocumented workers and for tax evasion.

According to the Department of Justice, Zhou Qiang Zou was sentenced to 18 months in prison, which will be followed by deportation from the United States. Xin Hsu was sentenced to nine months in prison, followed by nine months of house arrest.

The married couple owns the Royal Buffet and Grill restaurant in Akron. According to the Department of Justice, the two harbored at least 10 undocumented workers for their commercial advantage and private financial gain. The employees worked for below minimum wage or for only tips during their employment.

At one time, the suspects housed as many as 14 illegal aliens inside their single-family home.

The DOJ also says that the couple failed to report and pay taxes on cash receipts, resulting in a tax loss of at least $1.5 million.

"These defendants violated immigration and tax laws, taking advantage of their workers and the taxpayers," said Acting U.S. Attorney David A. Sierleja.

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