Indian motel owner lies to Labor Dept
Indian motel owner lies to Labor Dept


BATTLE CREEK, MI -- Mehul Patel, 31, a motel owner in Battle Creek, Michigan has been ordered to pay $150,500 in restitution to 20 former employees as the last portion of his sentence for lying to Labor Department investigators during a probe of his alleged violation of minimum wage laws.

Patel and the government has reached an agreement on the amount, according to US Attorney Andrew Birge who called for an immediate payment by Patel and no further action by the government to seek back wages from Patel either in criminal or civil court.

Patel was arrested on November 5, 2015, following a raid at his Rodeway Inn by officers of the Battle Creek Police Department and other officials who searched his another property, Super 8 Motel in Coldwater, as well as at the banks where Patel had accounts.

He was then charged with fraud along with operating a prostitution house after the police suspected that sex workers were using his motel for their business and he was taking money from them in return.

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Update: 09-September-2017



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