Thai Ginger owner sentenced for immigration scheme

February 23, 2010

A judge sentenced the owner of the Thai Ginger restaurant chain, Issaquah resident Varee Bradford, to six months in prison last week for her role in what authorities described as a long-running immigration scam. Read more

Thai Ginger owner sentenced for immigration scheme

February 19, 2010

NEW — 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 2010

A judge sentenced the owner of the Thai Ginger restaurant chain, Issaquah resident Varee Bradford, to six months in prison Friday for her role in what authorities described as a long-running immigration scam.

Bradford, 44, recruited U.S. citizens to enter sham marriages with Thai citizens in order for the immigrants to obtain legal status to stay in the United States. She pleaded guilty last October to conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and three counts of fraud relating to immigration documents. Agents arrested Bradford for the immigration scheme last June at her Issaquah home.

“You used your money and position to circumvent the law,” U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo S. Martinez told Bradford during the sentencing hearing. “This mocks the efforts of immigrants who work hard and wait years to obtain citizenship.”

Thai Ginger operates restaurants in Klahanie, Bellevue, Redmond and Seattle.

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Thai Ginger owner faces jail time in immigration case

October 27, 2009

Issaquah restaurateur Varee Bradford has pleaded guilty to federal immigration charges. Read more

Issaquah restaurateur faces federal charges

June 30, 2009

Immigration agents arrested Issaquah restaurateur Varee Bradford last week on federal charges of paying her employees to enter “sham marriages” with Thai citizens to help them to stay in the United States. Read more

Issaquah resident accused of arranging ‘sham marriages’ for Thai Ginger employees

June 23, 2009

NEW — 3:36 p.m. June 23, 2009

Immigration agents arrested Issaquah restaurateur Varee Bradford today on federal charges of paying her employees to enter “sham marriages” with Thai citizens to help them to stay in the United States. Bradford, 43, operates the chain of Thai Ginger restaurants.

Authorities unsealed a federal grand-jury indictment in U.S. District Court in Seattle today against Bradford and former Thai Ginger employee Porramin Tangchaiwanna, 32, known by the nickname Golf.

The indictment accuses Bradford of offering her employees up to $25,000 to enter sham marriages with her Thai relatives for immigration purposes.

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