Minnesota Restaurant Owner Indicted on Forced Labor Charge
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ A federal grand jury has indicted a Minnesota restaurant
owner in a labor trafficking case.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 71-year-old Pisanu ``Pat'' Sukhtipyaroge of
Maplewood faces one count of forced labor. The indictment comes two weeks after
Sukhtipyaroge was charged in Anoka County with forcing a teenager from the
Dominican Republic to work long hours for low wages and perform sex acts.
The federal indictment alleges Sukhtipyaroge threatened the unidentified victim
``and another person'' with force, physical restraint and abuse of the legal
process if the victim failed to work for him.
Sukhtipyaroge owns the Royal Orchid restaurant in Columbia Heights. He is due
in federal court Friday.
His attorney in the federal case, Frederick Goetz, says that Sukhtipyaroge looks forward to ``pleading not guilty and vigorously fighting these charges.''