Couple Accused of Housing Illegal Aliens

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 11/21/2013 10:50 am

Allegations involving illegal immigrants, hidden rooms and a popular sandwich chain.  Tuesday’s raid led to four arrests and a lot of questions.

122 pages of court documents were obtained by ABC36.  More than half of them focus on a Dakshabenand Amrutlal Patel who own four Subway Restaurants in Lexington.

The investigation reportedly started September 21stand continued up until Tuesdays raids.

The court documents show it all began when a Subway manager tipped-off Lexington police that “bad things” were happening to his workers.

Documents show the Patel’s knew the workers were living in the country illegal but made them work.

According to the papers, the workers were paid bypersonal checks made out to the Patel’s with the worker’s name in the memo line. At the same time, they show some of the workers owe the Patel’s around $100,000.00plus interest for being brought into the country from India.

Tuesday the home was raided by agents from Homeland Security investigations and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  According to the documents,one of the reported illegal workers was found locked in an upstairs bedroom.

After the raid, workers admitted to beingin the country illegally according to the court filings.

Documents say the workers were referred to the Patel’s by friends in Indiaand they said the Patel’s gave them food, shelter and transportation.

The Patel’s have legal residence in Kentucky.

According to the court documents, the two other people arrested Tuesday, Rakesh and Sushilaben Patel, are also in the country illegal and working for the Patel’s. The documents say the two live in the Regency Road Apartments.

Those documents say there was another reported illegal worker who escaped from the Patel’s and went back to India.

The Patel’s were under investigation by the Department of Labor for not paying workers overtime, according to the documents.

The couple is due in Federal Court in Lexington on Thursday.

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