DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a restaurant in southern Iowa has pleaded guilty to employing cooks and dishwashers that he knew were in the country illegally.
Ali Sengul, owner of the Tulip Garden Restaurant in Pella, pleaded guilty to harboring immigrants for profit and filing false tax documents under a plea agreement reached Wednesday.
Under a stipulation of facts included in the agreement, Sengul said that, as of last month, he knowingly employed five individuals who were living in the United State illegally. He says that he paid them cash wages weekly and did not deduct taxes from their payments.
Sengul says that unlike his cooks and dishwashers, he hired U.S. citizens to work as waiters and waitresses and issued them legitimate paychecks.
Sengul has been released from custody pending sentencing.