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Restaurant Owner Sentenced for Undocumented Workers


Kent Dam was sentenced to time served

The owner of a restaurant in northern Vanderburgh County will face no more jail time after pleading guilty to money laundering and transporting and harboring undocumented workers. WNIN’s John Gibson reports:

U.S. District Judge Richard Young sentenced 55-year-old Kent Dam to time served.

Dam, who owns Gracie's Chinese Cuisine with his wife, pleaded guilty to the charges in January.

A news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office said the restaurant on Highway 41 at Boonville-New-Harmony Road will pay a $15,000 fine and face two years probation for unlawful employment of undocumented workers.

The Internal Revenue Service and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement raided the business last year.

Dam was accused of underpaying employees who weren't authorized to work in the U.S.

The Attorney’s Office said federal agents learned that that a human smuggler was delivering undocumented laborers to businesses including Gracie’s.

The feds said Dam and his wife paid the smuggler to deliver workers.