Clarksville Resturant Owner, Quanwei Shi Pleads Guilty In Alien Harboring And Tax Fraud Conspiracy
New China Buffett & Grill Used as Employment Site for Undocumented Workers
NASHVILLE, TE (STL.News) March 3, 2021 – The majority owner of the New China Buffett & Grill (NCBG) in Clarksville, Tennessee, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens; harboring illegal aliens; money laundering; tax evasion; and employment tax fraud, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Mary Jane Stewart for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Quanwei Shi, 31, of Clarksville, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Eli J. Richardson. Shi and NCBG co-owner Chongqiang Chen, 30, also of Clarksville, were arrested in April 2020, after a 14-count indictment charged them in a scheme to harbor undocumented workers and to defeat the tax laws of the United States.
Shi admits that between 2017 and April 2019, he conspired to conceal and harbor illegal aliens from China and Guatemala, profiting from their employment at NCBG. The undocumented workers were not required to complete any forms related to immigration status and were paid in cash, outside the regular payroll system. In addition, Shi admits that the undocumented workers lived with him at his residence on D Street in Clarksville; were transported to NCBG and back daily; and were assigned to work in the kitchen where they would not be able to interact with the patrons of the restaurant.