Couple pleads guilty to hiring illegal workers

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) – The owners of two hotels in the Kansas City area have admitted hiring workers who were in the country illegally and then paying them less than other employees.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says 53-year-old Munir Ahmad Chaudary and his 41-year-old wife, Rhonda R. Bridge, pleaded guilty Monday 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, Kansas, 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.

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