The Illinois couple
who bought the Paragon restaurant in Schererville have been sentenced in
federal court after being found guilty of bringing in and harboring aliens,
mail fraud, and monetary transactions in criminally derived property, the
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.
40, of Richton Park, Ill., was sentenced to 51 months in prison, two years
of supervised release, and ordered to pay $212,675.68 in restitution, the
U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Of that amount,
$203,844.77 “shall be joint and several” with his co-defendant, Tina
McClellan, 38, also of Richton Park, who for her part was sentenced to a
single day of time served and two years of supervised released with one year
of that period to be served in home detention, the U.S. Attorney’s Office
documents filed in this case, McClellan and his wife submitted false bills
to the State of Illinois and Healthy Start for child care services,” the
U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “They used more than $10,000 of fraud proceeds
to buy the Paragon Restaurant in Schererville. At the restaurant, Michael
filed false reports with Indiana Work Force Development not reporting the
illegal aliens he paid in cash.”
This case was
investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and
the Department of Labor.