Frankfort brothers plead guilty in wage theft case

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Two Frankfort brothers pleaded guilty Thursday in a wage theft case and one of the two also pleaded guilty in a separate child pornography case, according to federal prosecutors.

49-year old Fei Guo Tang admitted to receiving child pornography, according to prosecutors.  He also admitted he didn’t pay workers minimum wages and time-and-a-half wages for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week at his restaurant, according to prosecutors.

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51-year old Fei Zhou Tang admitted to making false statements on an Employer’s Quarterly Unemployment Wage and Tax Report and knowingly failing to pay employees time-and-a-half for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week, according to prosecutors.

Fei Zhou Tang admitted he omitted the names of undocumented workers on multiple quarterly unemployment forms, according to authorities.

Prosecutors say Fei Zhou Tang failed to pay a total of $229,207.26 in overtime and minimum wages to six employees.

Fei Guo Tang failed to pay $60,690.36 in overtime and minimum wages to five of his employees, according to prosecutors.

Both men are scheduled to be sentenced February 26, 2020.

Fei Guo Tang could receive from 5-to-20 years in federal prison.

Fei Zhou Tang could get up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

In addition, both brothers will be required to pay restitution, a money judgment in lieu of forfeiture, and a civil fine for failing to pay required wages, according to prosecutors.

 

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