Beaufort News

Three more plead guilty in Jade Garden case

Three more Beaufort County residents have pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from illegal-immigrant workers at Jade Garden restaurants in Beaufort and Bluffton, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

The pleas entered in federal court in Charleston:

  • Ming Chao Wang, 30, felony aiding in the harboring of illegal aliens
  • Ping Yong Huang, 26, felony aiding in the transporting of illegal aliens
  • A 30-year-old woman, misdemeanor hiring illegal aliens.
  • In July, Zilen Wang, also known as Zi Tong Wang, 34, of Beaufort County pleaded guilty to aiding in the transporting of illegal aliens.

    Senior U.S. District Judge Sol Blatt Jr. will sentence all four after he has reviewed a pre-sentence report from the U.S. Probation Office, the release said.

    Zilen Wang, who is in the United States illegally, and Ming Chao Wang, a U.S. citizen, were owners and operators of the restaurants, the release said. Searches in March found 14 illegal aliens working at the restaurants.

    The felony charges include a fine of as much as $250,000 and as many as five years in prison. The misdemeanor charge carries a possible fine of $5,000 and six months in jail.