Kansas City Legal Briefs: June 1, 2007
Chinese nationals indicted for prostitution
Four Chinese nationals who own and operate a group of Asian massage parlors in Johnson County, Kan., were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for transporting people across state lines and national borders for the purpose of prostitution.
Ling Xu, also known as Cherry, 45, Zhong Yan Liu, also known as Lucky, 35, and Cheng Tang, also known as Tom, 21, all citizens of China living in Overland Park, were indicted. Hongmei Madole, also known as Hongmei Zhou, 31, of Olathe, a native of China and conditional resident alien in the United States based upon marriage to a U.S. citizen, was also indicted.
Xu, Liu and Tang were involved in operating China Rose Massage and China Villa Massage in Overland Park. They also operated a residence that is allegedly used for prostitution and house the Asian women who work at China Rose Massage. Madole is the owner of Asian Touch Massage in Olathe.
Xu, Liu and Tang are being held in federal detention without bond pending trial. The court established conditions for the release of Madole, who remains in federal custody until she is able to meet bond.
Final defendant pleads guilty in marriage-fraud scheme
Five Pakistani nationals and a U.S. citizen have pleaded guilty to federal charges related to a marriage-fraud scheme.
Waseem Qammar, 26, of Sugar Creek, pleaded guilty Thursday to aiding and abetting others in making a false statement on an immigration application in 2003.
Qammar is the sixth and final co-defendant to plead guilty to the charges stemming from a scheme to enter into marriages with U.S. citizens to evade immigration laws.
Robyn Adele Raja, 53, Qammar Ulzaman Raja, 47, and Muhammed Shafique, 43, all of Independence, and Nadeem Qammar, 24, of Sugar Creek, have pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting others in making false statements on immigration applications between 2001 and 2004. Riaz Ahmed, 45, of Independence, pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to falsify statements on immigration applications between 1997 and 2006.
Robyn Raja and other female U.S. citizens received compensation for their marriages to co-defendants Qammar Raja, Waseem Qammar, Nadeem Qammar, Ahmed and Shafique, according to the indictment.
Under federal statutes, Ahmed faces up to five years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000. The remaining co- defendants face up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000.
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