The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

September 25, 2013

Restaurant owners sentenced on immigration charges

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office says three Iowa restaurant owners has been sentenced on immigration-related charges.

The office announced Wednesday the final person was sentenced Friday after convictions for harboring people in the country illegally and filing false statement on tax returns. Each received two years of probation and must pay more than $15,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.

In the last case, Chief Judge James Gritzner sentenced 60-year-old Ali Bayram, of Oskaloosa. On Aug. 15, Gritzner sentenced 59-year-old Fikret Bayram, of Monmouth, Ill.

On Aug. 9, Judge Ronald Longstaff sentenced 44-year-old Ali Sengul, of Pella.

Ali Bayram and Fikret Bayram, who operated the Oskaloosa Family Restaurant, also must pay $10,000 fines.

Sengul operated the Tulip Garden Restaurant in Pella.

They hired people in the country illegally and provided housing.

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