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Hibachi Sushi Buffet owners charged with immigration violation

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The two owners of a sushi buffet in Waterloo were charged in federal court Monday with one count of transporting, harboring and encouraging non-citizens to illegally reside in the United States, according to documents released by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Yu Jiang, 30, and Christy Wen Zu, 28, both of Waterloo, were charged with knowingly employing foreign nationals to work at Hibachi Sushi Buffet in Waterloo, according to the charge.

The Dept. of Justice also alleges the pair provided housing to the workers, gave them transportation to and from the restaurant on a daily basis and gave them meals at the restaurant.

The workers were also paid in cash, according to the report.

Jiang and Zu will have their first appearance in Cedar Rapids federal court on Aug. 27.

If convicted, they each face a possible sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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