Opas Sinprasong, owner of several Siamese Plate restaurants in Colorado, was arrested and indicted this month on suspicion of defrauding his employees, harboring illegal immigrants, and forcing them to work up to 32 hours of overtime a week without pay.
From 2001 to 2008, Sinprasong allegedly sponsored Thai nationals’ admission to the United States as specialty workers for his restaurants. He required these employees to pay him a $3,000 “visa preparation fee” in addition to other fees.
U.S. Attorney David Gaouette said, “Mr. Sinprasong took advantage of vulnerable people, while at the same time lying to and defrauding our government. Such criminal conduct cannot be tolerated.”
If convicted, Sinprasong faces years in federal prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.