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Jade China Buffet owner sentenced for employing illegal immigrants

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Ji Duan Fang of Hanahan, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, for Failure to Pay Employment Taxes and Harboring Illegal Aliens. Ji Duan Fang of Hanahan, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, for Failure to Pay Employment Taxes and Harboring Illegal Aliens.
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Monday Ji Duan Fang of Hanahan, South Carolina, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston, South Carolina, for Failure to Pay Employment Taxes and Harboring Illegal Aliens.

United States District Judge Richard Gergel of Charleston sentenced FANG to 12 months imprisonment, followed by 6 months in a community corrections center, and 3 years supervised release.

Evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing established that FANG owned and operated Jade China Buffet, a restaurant in North Charleston, and he knowingly hired at least fourteen illegal aliens to work at the restaurant. 

From 2008 through 2011, Fang paid the illegal alien employees in cash and did not collect or pay employment taxes for these employees.  Fang also harbored and transported the illegal aliens to and from his restaurant.  Fang's failure to collect and pay the employment taxes for the illegal alien employees resulted in $212,225 in unpaid taxes.

"Employees have a right to expect their withheld employment taxes, which fund future benefits, will be paid by their employer, " said Jeannine A. Hammett, Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte Field Office. "IRS-Criminal Investigation takes this type of offense seriously and will continue its efforts to protect employees by rooting out employers who violate the tax laws."  United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated that "prosecuting tax fraud is a priority of the Justice Department, particularly in an era of trillion dollar deficits."

The case was investigation by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security. 

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