By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC

A Pittsburgh restaurant owner has pled guilty to one count of harboring undocumented workers. In December 2016, Xing Zheng Lin, aka Steve Lin, was indicted for two counts of harboring and transporting undocumented workers. The charges were based on an investigation, by the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations, which showed for about five years, starting in 2009, Lin harbored and transported undocumented workers, who were employed at Saga Restaurant in Monroeville, Robinson, and Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

Lin is awaiting sentencing. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 10 years in prison for each alien, a fine of $250,000 for each alien or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.