Subway Restaurant Owners Plead Guilty In Immigrant Harboring Case

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 6/06 9:41 am
New developments in a Lexington court case that grabbed headlines last fall.

A couple was accused of forcing illegal Indian nationals to work in their Subway restaurants.

There were claims of poor pay, secret rooms where they lived and ultimately a federal raid on the couple’s Lexington home.
 
Amrutlal Patel, 46, and Dakshaben Patel, 46, reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

Amrutlal Patel pleaded guilty to harboring unauthorized aliens, and his wife, Dakshaben Patel, pleaded guilty to evading employment taxes. Both defendants also pleaded guilty to failure to pay employees overtime hours.

The couple was arrested in November 2013.

They were also accused of paying workers below the minimum wage and aiding and abetting undocumented immigrants.

As part of the plea deal, the other charges will be dropped.

“We acknowledge that that's what they did and I think it's an appropriate resolution at this point and time.  I think the government did the right thing by negotiating a plea deal settlement in this case and I think the plea adequately covers the conduct of these two folks,” said Mark Wohlander, Dakshaben Patel’s attorney.

The couple could face jail time, even deportation back to their native India.

They could also have to pay more than $40,000 in restitution to their undocumented workers along with thousands of dollars in other fines and fees between the two of them.

Their sentencing date is set for September.

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