Charges have been filed in an Employment Referral Conspiracy involving the Chinese Restaurant Industry.One Mineola man was charged in connection to the conspiracy.

A task force of federal, state, and local law enforcement have begun arresting 32 defendants charged with immigration violations. According to court documents, two employment referral businesses operating out of Houston recruited unauthorized aliens, mostly from Mexico and Central America, for work in the Chinese restaurant industry.  These workers routinely worked  12 hours a day, six days a week, they were not paid overtime, not permitted to receive tips or gratuities, and were paid in cash by the restaurants.  

The Mineola man charged is 50-year-old Zeng Yu Huang. Both Chinese restaurants in Mineola denied anyone from the restaurant had been arrested. A woman living with Zeng said he has been mistakenly charged.