Second person plans to plead guilty in Lexington Subway case

bestep@herald-leader.comMay 27, 2014 

A second person accused of concealing people in the country illegally to work at Subway restaurants in Lexington plans to plead guilty.

Dakshaben Patel's attorney, Mark Wohlander, filed a motion Tuesday seeking a hearing for her to change her plea to guilty.

The motion said Patel has reached an agreement with government prosecutors to plead guilty to a charge of not paying people properly for overtime, and to a charge not specified in the document.

Patel's husband, Amrutlal "Andy" Patel also has indicated he will plead guilty in the case. A hearing for the two is scheduled for June 5.

The couple was accused of hiding undocumented people from India at locations in Lexington, including their house on Ellerslie Park Boulevard, in order to have them to work at Subway stores they operated on Versailles Road, Southland Drive, East Main Street and inside a Wal-Mart on West New Circle Road.

The couple also is accused of paying the workers less than required.

The Patels were arrested last November.

Some of the charges against them carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

In addition to possible prison time, the government is seeking forfeiture of three vehicles, their home and more than $51,000.

Bill Estep: (606) 678-4655. Twitter: @billestep1

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