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Fairfax restaurateur arrested

Tom Jackman

The owner of three Vietnamese restaurants in the Fairfax County area was arrested Wednesday on charges of knowingly employing and harboring illegal immigrants.

Kiet Quoc Bui, 50, who lives in Centreville, owns the Viet House restaurants on Main Street and Lee Highway in Fairfax City, and a third Viet House on Richmond Highway in the Alexandria area of Fairfax.

Court records show that Arlington police began investigating him last year for money laundering, and later determined that he and his wife, My Tran, were hiring illegal immigrants as employees.

The employees later told police and immigration agents that kitchen workers were paid $100 a day and busboys were paid $75 a day, in cash, every two weeks, a court affidavit states. The employees reported that some of them had worked for Bui for as long as five years, the affidavit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Scott W. Robinson stated.

Bui reportedly told investigators that he knew he was hiring illegal immigrants, and that it was a common practice in the restaurant business, Robinson wrote.

Bui was arrested Wednesday and released on his own recognizance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Friday.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  September 9, 2010; 5:27 PM ET
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Why bother. the Illegals will not be charged. Probably be given a Work Permit. And their employer a slap on the wrist and small fine.

Just read that there are over 500,000 Illegals arrested, didn't appear at their deportation hearing--and are now walking around free as birds. I feel so sorry for ICE!

Welcome to the UN-United States of America courtesy of President (Open Borders) Obama for kicking out/suing Arizona.
Illegal Aliens, Come one, come all, free education, free medical care, food stamps--YES--Food stamps--while legal citizens pay for it all! Wake up Americans!

Posted by: passonfirstdown | September 9, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Looking at another side, the illegal immigrants at least work for less than the legal pay. There are lots more US citizens who don't work and get welfare money also from our taxes. The illegal immigrants are helping the US economy more than those welfare cheats. Take your pick.

Posted by: ricgml1 | September 9, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Well, well, well. We hear from the rabid right-wingers, of course. ricgml1: I suppose you're in favor of shady businesses breaking minimum wage and immigration laws, as long as some "entrepreneur" makes a profit. Then you'll beat on the unions. The usual moaning about "welfare", despite the welfare laws having become much more restricted over the past two decades. passionfirstdown: it's the life of riley for immigrants, isn't it? Try being one.

Mr Bui should be put on a plane to Hanoi. Fine the #$%%@&! out of him and send him packing. Another legal immigrant can buy the restaurants on the cheap and hire legal workers. Letting the businesses off means busts are a "cost of doing business." Mr Bui and a great number of "legal immigrants" were welcomed in with open arms because they were "fleeing communism" during Ronnie "memory-challenged" Reagan's era.

I highly doubt any of these right-wing tea baggers ever worked in a restaurant kitchen. You wouldn't survive even one shift.

Reagan couldn't fix it. Neither could Daddy Bush or his son Shrub. And now it's President Obama's fault? Get a life.

Posted by: CharlieM57 | September 9, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, can we get out of yesterday and hold Obama and this administration accountable for anything? He makes Jimmy Carter look like Abraham Lincoln. He is an absolute disgrace to this country and should have never been allowed to go from a P/T Senator to running the entire country. I understand that we will never see an older, white, christian, male in leadership again but can we please just pick the most qualified minority available? I say let that wild boar with a wig Hillary get the wheel and see what she can do.

Posted by: doyouktt | September 9, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

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