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Rochester man faces ten years in prison for hiring, harboring illegal aliens

ROCHESTER – A Rochester man pled guilty in federal court to harboring an illegal alien for commercial gain. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. 

Zhou Wang Ni, 48, is the manager of the Grand Super Buffet Chinese Restaurant located on Jefferson Road in Henrietta, N.Y. As manager, Ni hired several illegal aliens to work in the restaurant who he knew were not lawfully present in the United States. The defendant housed these workers in properties he owned around Rochester and paid them in cash. While conducting surveillance, federal agents observed Ni driving these individuals to work at the restaurant on several occasions. 

Homeland Security Investigations conducted an immigration audit of the restaurant during the course of the investigation during which the defendant concealed the fact that those illegal aliens were working. However, agents had video footage of those same workers being picked up by the defendant in the morning, being driven to the restaurant, and then working inside during the day.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 12, 2014