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.READ MORE: Angela Jones Indicted For St. Cloud Murder
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.READ MORE: U.S. Bank Stadium Hosting Indigenous Bowl For Native American Athletes: 'This Is Only The Start To Something Big'
Sukhtipyaroge owns the Royal Orchid restaurant in Columbia Heights. He is due in federal court Friday.
His attorney in the federal case, Frederick Goetz, tells the Star Tribune that Sukhtipyaroge looks forward to “pleading not guilty and vigorously fighting these charges.”MORE NEWS: Federal Medical Teams Provide COVID Aid At HCMC
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