Roseville, Bay Area Chinese Eatery Owners to Pay Millions in Wage-Theft Case

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The former operators of a Roseville and San Francisco Bay Area buffet restaurant chain charged in a wage-theft case were served with a $6.1 million restitution bill and sentenced to prison.

The East Bay Times reports ( state investigators say the owners stole $4.5 million in wages from employees they forced to work 12-hour days from 2009-2013.

Investigators also say they cheated California out of $2 million in taxes. Three defendants were each sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison Friday. Another defendant pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge and received a lesser sentence. Three other defendants are believed to be hiding out in China.

Authorities say the former owners and managers of Golden Dragon Buffet in Brentwood, New Dragon Buffet in San Leandro, Golden Wok Buffet in Roseville and Kokyo Sushi Buffet in Hayward committed the crimes.