Crime

July 7, 2014

KC area hotel owners guilty of hiring undocumented workers

The husband and wife owners of Clarion hotels in Overland Park and Kansas City, North, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court.

The husband and wife owners of two Kansas City area hotels pleaded guilty Monday to knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.

Munir Ahmad Chaudary, 53, and Rhonda R. Bridge, 41, of Overland Park pleaded guilty in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., to a charge of conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens for personal gain.

They own Clarion hotels at 7000 W. 108th St. in Overland Park and 11828 N.W. Plaza Circle in Kansas City, North, according to federal prosecutors.

Chaudary and Bridge admitted to hiring undocumented workers who were paid less than other workers. They also avoided paying Social Security, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance for the undocumented workers, prosecutors said.

A sentencing date will be scheduled later. They each face up to five years in prison.

| Tony Rizzo, trizzo@kcstar.com

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