Couple Pleads Guilty To Hiring Illegal Workers

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- The owners of two Overland Park hotels pleaded guilty to hiring workers who were in the country illegally and then paying them less than other workers.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced in a news release Monday that 53-year-old Munir Ahmad Chaudary and his 41-year-old wife, Rhonda R. Bridge, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to harbor undocumented workers for personal gain.

The couple admitted they hired the workers for Clarion hotels they own in Overland Park and Kansas City, Missouri.

Grissom says the illegal workers were not given Social Security, workers' compensation and unemployment insurance.

A sentencing date hasn't been set. They face five years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000.

Prosecutors also are seeking the forfeiture of assets gained through the couple's activities.

Posted by Greg Palmer