September 10, 2013, - 2:35 pm

Is Your Donut Funding Illegal Aliens? Donut Shop Owners Tampered w/ Witnesses

By Debbie Schlussel

Dunkin’ Donuts is one of many corporations that uses E-Verify to make sure its employees are not illegal aliens, and it insists that its franchisees do the same. But that’s not the case for many of its “mom-and-pop” competitors, who not only employ illegal aliens but take all sorts of other illegal actions to cover it up. That’s the case with Kim Hout Lor and Bun Vireak Long, who were arrested today by federal authorities for witness tampering on top of the fact that they employed and underpaid illegal aliens at their “Pat’s Donuts, Kolaches, & Tacos” shop. Note that these two were only charged in the first place with underpaying their employees, not with knowingly hiring and employing illegals, which they did.

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HOUSTON—Kim Hout Lor, 66, and Bun Vireak Long, 19, have been taken into custody on charges of tampering with witnesses in a pending official proceeding, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson today. Lor is also charged with making false statements.






The indictment, returned August 20, 2013, was unsealed upon their arrests this morning. . . .

According to allegations, the mother and son operated a donut shop in Porter called Pat’s Donuts, Kolaches, & Tacos, which had been under an investigation by the Department of Labor (DOL)-Wage and Hour Division for allegedly not properly compensating its work force.

Lor allegedly withheld information from investigators about undocumented aliens under her employment, the total number of employees she employed, and the number of hours her employees worked, according to the indictment. Additionally, Lor and Long allegedly contacted witnesses and undocumented aliens they employed during the pending investigation to intimidate, threaten, or corruptly persuade them in an effort to influence or prevent their testimony to DOL investigators.

You might ask, “Why should I care that illegal aliens were underpaid by a donut shop?” But that’s exactly it: if they can get away with paying illegal aliens below minimum wage, that’s who they’re gonna hire, and it takes jobs away from American citizens. (That the minimum wage creates an environment ripe for hiring illegals–who will take less–is another point and a discussion for another post.)

The thing that irritates me about this case, though, is that it seems only the Department of Labor cared about this case, NOT ICE–Immigration and Customs Enforcement–which should be (but isn’t) enforcing our nation’s immigration laws. I get the feeling that if these illegal aliens were paid enough wages, the fact that the donut shop owners were harboring and employing illegal aliens would go untouched, and there would be no indictment here.

In fact, I don’t just get the feeling. I know this to be the case.

Note that ICE is not mentioned anywhere in the Department of (In)Justice press release, which means that immigration investigators were not involved in any way. . . because they simply aren’t enforcing immigration law much these days.

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13 Responses

“…if they can get away with paying illegal aliens below minimum wage, that’s who they’re gonna hire”

Good point.

DS_ROCKS! on September 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Another point: guess what, you can’t declare labor expenses on an illegal worker… Donut places do a lot of cash transactions… I wouldn’t be surprised if not all of them ended up in the books…

Some of that most probably paid for the illegal help… I don’t wonder where the rest ended up… All “tax free”…

IMHO there should be an IRS agent on all such investigations!…

Hans on September 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Debbie, you asked why isn’t ICE doing this investigation and looking into this, I don’t have any answers, due to I don’t work for the state (ie, the government), however, my theory is that maybe, just maybe that ICE is not only in the back-pockets of the politicians, but also, they’re in the pocket’s of the illegal-alien lobbyists in this country (I’m looking directly at La Raza on this).

But you have to give the Department of Labor some credit here DS and others, at least they actually care about this case and want to get to the bottom of it, if the Department of Labor does bring this story to the table to ICE and the rest of the government, more likely, ICE and the state might overlook this and use apathy, whereas, they should be all over this case like flies on a dead carcass.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on September 10, 2013 at 3:55 pm

OFF OFF TOPIC

NOTE TO DS

roger ebert’s hometown
wants to erect a life-size
bronze statue of him

they claim it will only cost
$ 125 k

astonishing
if it’s real bronze
and not clad
most especially
if it’s solid and not
hollow as he was

i thought it would be at least
several million

exactly what are the people of
champaign illinois

why not statues for the various
champions of the burlington wisconson
liars club

prestigio on September 10, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I work for ICE and I have to go with “Sean R” here…..Good job Department of Labor! At least SOMEONE is investigating and arresting illegal aliens. Sure ain’t ICE.

LA ICE Guy on September 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I hope you’re using a computer that isn’t your own. Big Sis will have your job and convict you for something that you’ve never heard of otherwise.

    DJH on September 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Employer Sanctions (post Amnesty-1986) were a blast. I loved showing up on construction sites and reading the lips of various superintendents as they mouthed “Oh Shit!”. They feared us and they [temporarily] respected us. Those days are long gone sadly.

#1 Vato on September 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm

It is another example of an employer that is incapable of competing legitimately.

Worry01 on September 11, 2013 at 12:11 am

@ #1 Vato,

I remember the same; showing up on a site and watching the employers shit in their pants. I remember writing up a substantial case in which, theoretically, a huge fine would be coming down the pike only to have the attorneys for the service mitigate it down to pocket change. Once the employers figured that out, they pretty much laughed in our faces. The same stands true for just about every other facet of enforcement in any agency these days…pretty damn sad.

The watchdog can’t bite if it has no teeth!

IceNoMore on September 11, 2013 at 10:26 am

Dunkin Donut is good. Right? I prefer its coffee to Starbucks which seem to be all inhabited with supercilious and condescending Leftists.

bobguzzardi on September 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm

It’s not so much the issues regarding the hiring and underpaying of illegal aliens, but rather, how did these people arrive in the USA illegally?
Here,we call it ‘white anting”. white ants being a local name for termite larvae. When your country is being white anted,it means that slowly you are being taken over ,by stealth,by a minority which doesn’t want to abide by your laws but wants all the advantages of living in a better country.
As a rsult you get social breakdown as the values upheld by the majority are undermined in the name of polical expediency. Note the lawyers bargaining down the value of fines against construction companies hiring illegals and the attitude of those in charge who would scoff at the law ,because they knew it wouldn’t harm them. Thats social breakdown.

Aron B on September 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm

LA ICE won’t let agents go to Worksite Enforcement Unit who want to arrest illegal alien workers.

Laicetoo on September 15, 2013 at 2:41 am

Epiphany Care Homes in Oxnard CA hires illegals to care for severely disabled people. One lady I know cannot read or write in English, or Spanish which is her language. I know her personally and know she is illegal in the USA. She could mess up their medication easily. The owner does everything in his power to protect his illegal workers because he does not have to pay them what he would pay a legal person. Very sick, and sad.

Jared on October 21, 2013 at 1:23 am

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