Patel Couple Appears In Federal Court

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 11/21/2013 11:32 pm

A couple accused of ‘forcing’ illegal aliens to work in their restaurants in Lexington was in Federal Court for the first time Thursday.

Amrutlal and Dakshaben Patel sat behind their attorneys with headphones on to listen to a translator.

In this first court appearance for the couple, the judge went over formalities.

The judge said the Patels are charged with concealing and harboring illegal aliens for commercial and private financial gain.

Investigators said the Patels ran four Subway Restaurants in Lexington.

According to court documents, the couple knowingly housed their employees who were their employees, who were in the United State illegally, and sometimes beat those workers and denied them food.

But Mark Wohlander, one of the defense attorneys, said there are several inaccuracies in the complaint filed against his client.

He said the Patels are good, hard working people who want to get their businesses back up and running.

Wohlander also said he went into the Patel’s House Thursday morning and said there’s no such thing as a hidden locked room where the workers stayed, as the complaint suggests.

The judge said for each alien, the couple faces up to ten years in prison, a $2,500 fine and three year of supervision if they were released from jail.

He said they are also in risk of deportation.

Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Most Popular
1 dead, 2 injured in motorcycle club shooting
One man is dead and two others were injured after they were shot at an eastern Kentucky motorcycle club.
36 Blitz: Rowan Co. Vikings
Ray Graham Returns To School He Led During Early 80s Stint Video Video
Five Arrested After Police Heard Shots Fired
Lexington Police arrested all five men in a car that they say fired shots in a Lexington neighborhood.
NWS: 70-95 MPH Winds In Lexington
People in the neighborhood of Highlands Park are cleaning up after a huge storm rolled through. The NWS said winds did reach up to 70-95 mph in Lexington. Video Video
Postal Service issues hot rod envelope
The U.S. Postal Service is offering a commemorative envelope this week in Louisville in honor of the 45th annual Street Rod Nationals.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital. supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.