(13-WHAM & WHAM News) Federal authorities arrested a man Tuesday who is accused of hiring illegal immigrants to work at Hibachi Sushi and Supreme Buffet.
A criminal complaint says Qong Wai Ho did attempt to conceal, harbor and shield illegal immigrants.
The investigation started last year when Hibachi Sushi and Supreme Buffet and two homes were raided.
Last April, Border Patrol agents arrested two suspected illegal immigrants at the Rochester bus station.
The two people who were arrested told authorities that they were hired in Georgia and came up to the Rochester area to work at the sushi restaurant.
They said they were living at an Ivy Cottage Lane residence and were driven to and from the restaurant to work.
Federal agents monitored the Ivy Cottage Lane home last June and noticed a van picked up many people and drove them to the Hibachi Sushi restaurant on West Henrietta Road.
They said the van also dropped people off at a Friel Road home.
Last September, federal agents raided the two homes and the restaurant.
At the Ivy Cottage Lane home, authorities found four people living there who were not authorized to work in the U.S.
Three were from Mexico and the fourth was from China.
Three of the men told authorities that Ho hired them and they were paid in cash for working.
In the criminal complaint, Ho said he knew he was employing four people who were not allowed to work in the U.S.