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$540,000 seized from city motel owners[for harboring illegal aliens]
VALLEY MORNING STAR ^ | December 8, 2007 | FERNANDO DEL VALLE

Posted on 12/08/2007 10:33:59 AM PST by SwinneySwitch

Operators given probation for conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants

BROWNSVILLE — Federal officials seized $540,000 from four Harlingen motel owners after they were sentenced to probation for conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants, an official said Friday.

Rakeshkumar Bhakta, 40, and wife Alka Bhakta, 35, owners of the Hudson House motel, and Kamleshkumar Bhakta, 32, and wife Falguniben Bhakta, 30, owners of the Country Side Inn motel, forfeited a total of $540,000 in equity from their businesses, said Nina Pruneda, spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Antonio.

U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle ordered the owners of the Hudson House and Country Side Inn each to pay $270,000 of the total, a press release said.

Tagle ordered Rakeshkumar Bhakta and Kamleshkumar Bhakta to serve five years probation as part of an agreement in which they would serve 30 days in jail and pay $5,000 fines, the press release said.

Alka Bhakta and Falguniben Bhakta were also sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay $2,000 fines, the press release said.

The four motel owners pleaded guilty Aug. 10 in U.S. District Court to charges that stemmed from undercover sting operations, authorities said.

In court, Tagle said an undercover operation made up of 27 ICE agents and five illegal immigrants led to the charges against the motel owners from India.

At the motels Friday, desk clerks declined comment, referring questions to Weslaco attorney Jesse Contreras. When reached by phone, Contreras said only, “You have a nice day,” before hanging up.

The motel owners’ convictions stemmed from room rentals to human smugglers, the press release said.

At the Hudson House, a 36-room motel at 500 Ed Carey Drive, Rakeshkumar and Alka Bhakta rented rooms at inflated rates to human smugglers, the press release said. The couple falsified information on registration cards, offering smugglers rooms at the motel’s rear to help shield smuggling, the press release said.

The couple also bought and delivered food to help smugglers shield themselves from law enforcement, the press release said.

At the Country Side Inn, a 35-room motel at 1669 N. 77 Sunshine Strip, Kamleshkumar and Falguniben Bhakta were convicted of renting rooms at inflated rates to house illegal immigrants while falsifying information on registration cards to shield smuggling from law enforcement, the press release said.

At the motel, rates jumped from $40 to $400 as part of a scheme to harbor illegal immigrants, according the indictment used to convict the motel’s owners.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; collaborators; corruption; enforcement; humansmuggling; immigrantlist; india; quislings; smugglers; stickittoem
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Have a nice day!
1 posted on 12/08/2007 10:34:01 AM PST by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch

The owners gotta be related to the Patel clan of Super 8 fame...


2 posted on 12/08/2007 10:35:47 AM PST by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: SwinneySwitch

we need to remove all incentives for being or helping illegals.


3 posted on 12/08/2007 10:37:19 AM PST by purpleraine
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To: ErnBatavia
to the Patel clan

Would this be the Patel clan of Dalton, Georgia, 22 of which were arrested as owners of convenience stores that sold a little too much ephedrine and wooden matches?

4 posted on 12/08/2007 10:39:05 AM PST by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

So...it IS all about the money.


5 posted on 12/08/2007 10:39:49 AM PST by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: Glenn

Patel is Smith.


6 posted on 12/08/2007 10:42:55 AM PST by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: redstateconfidential
Patel is Smith.

Exactly.

7 posted on 12/08/2007 10:44:39 AM PST by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Travel post review:

“We always stay at this hotel. The staff is always friendly and very helpful. They make our stay enjoyable and try to accommodate us as much as possible.”

http://www.travelpost.com/hotels/Hudson_House_Motel/h60872

“accommodate as much as possible” indeed :o)


8 posted on 12/08/2007 10:50:17 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: flattorney; bigjoesaddle; FryingPan101; AnimalLover; backtothestreets; Olephart; pulaskibush; ...

Valle ping!

If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.


9 posted on 12/08/2007 10:54:22 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (US Constitution Article 4 Section 4..shall protect each of them against Invasion...domestic Violence)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Take their money for the fine.
If they are still under immigration oversight, deport them back to
their country of origin.

And make sure it gets on all the major media outlets.


10 posted on 12/08/2007 10:58:19 AM PST by VOA
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To: holdonnow; sono; rodguy911; SoCalPol; Current Occupant; bcsco; Fudd Fan

ping


11 posted on 12/08/2007 11:01:50 AM PST by AliVeritas (CNN: Pravda, only dumber.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Only about 2 million businesses left to go.


12 posted on 12/08/2007 11:02:02 AM PST by dragnet2
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To: ErnBatavia

Now we are talking! Lots of opportunities to grab properties in the Southwest along the Underground Ferrocarril


13 posted on 12/08/2007 11:03:09 AM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: SwinneySwitch

Come Again!


14 posted on 12/08/2007 11:03:14 AM PST by wolfcreek (The Status Quo Sucks!)
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To: wolfcreek
Come Again!

We'll keep the light on for you!

15 posted on 12/08/2007 11:18:42 AM PST by Veggie Todd (Were those magic grits?)
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To: SwinneySwitch

16 posted on 12/08/2007 11:20:43 AM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: redstateconfidential

Patel is Smith.

Please explain?

I am curious about what you mean because one of those motels used to be owned by a Smith family.


17 posted on 12/08/2007 11:26:52 AM PST by RGVTx
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To: SwinneySwitch
Rakeshkumar Bhakta, 40, and wife Alka Bhakta, 35

Somebody need to check the immigration status on these people!

18 posted on 12/08/2007 11:28:38 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Real men don't vote Democrat.)
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To: RGVTx
He means that Patel is as common an Indian name as Smith is an English name. There are lots of Patels

The tactic of heavy fines sounds like it will be effective. It gives the enforcement agencies an incentive to go after businesses that hire and shield illegal aliens

19 posted on 12/08/2007 11:32:25 AM PST by PapaBear3625
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To: Cowboy Bob

and Kamleshkumar Bhakta, 32, and wife Falguniben Bhakta, 30, owners of the Country Side Inn motel


20 posted on 12/08/2007 11:37:22 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (US Constitution Article 4 Section 4..shall protect each of them against Invasion...domestic Violence)
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To: PapaBear3625

Thank you for explaining.


21 posted on 12/08/2007 12:00:50 PM PST by RGVTx
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To: PapaBear3625

The Patel name is common only in a few states, such as Gujarat, Rajastan, and Punjab. They are Gujarati speakers, and had some experience as landlords in India. When they came here, they went into motels and hotels.

I think the Bhakta surname is also Gujarati.


22 posted on 12/08/2007 12:14:08 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: SwinneySwitch
Federal officials seized $540,000 from four Harlingen motel owners after they were sentenced to probation for conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants

Jail time would have really sent a message. No doubt mass evictions would sweep the motel industry there.

23 posted on 12/08/2007 12:25:16 PM PST by Oatka (A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Rakeshkumar Bhakta, 40, and wife Alka Bhakta, 35, owners of the Hudson House motel, and Kamleshkumar Bhakta, 32, and wife Falguniben Bhakta, 30, owners of the Country Side Inn motel, forfeited a total of $540,000 in equity from their businesses,

Those wacky Amish.

24 posted on 12/08/2007 12:27:19 PM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: SwinneySwitch

This is a great story!!

let the American Businesses Get reamed and this illegal crap will stop.

No one will harbor or hire them!

the flood will become a trickle!!!


25 posted on 12/08/2007 12:30:14 PM PST by LtKerst (Lt Kerst)
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To: SwinneySwitch
rates jumped from $40 to $400

That is a very expensive Motel 6. I wonder if they have turn-down service?

26 posted on 12/08/2007 12:35:47 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: RGVTx

Patel is one of the most common names in the United States and means “Village leader/headman”.


27 posted on 12/08/2007 12:50:24 PM PST by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: Glenn
Speaking of Dalton, Georgia and thereabouts....got this scanned obit from my brother in Gainesville in today's email...


28 posted on 12/08/2007 1:23:47 PM PST by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: proxy_user

Patel equals doctors out here.


29 posted on 12/08/2007 2:16:25 PM PST by razorback-bert (Posted by Time's Man of the Year)
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To: PapaBear3625

It is my understanding that Patel means Innkeeper in their language. Most motel people here are named Patel.


30 posted on 12/08/2007 2:22:47 PM PST by Concho (IRS--Americas real terrorist organization.)
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To: Concho

A little research shows that Patel is a caste title in India meaning “Landlord”. The article also said that 60% of the motels here are owned by Indians, and that 1/3 of them use the name Patel. It is the most commonly used name here after Singh.


31 posted on 12/08/2007 2:30:12 PM PST by Concho (IRS--Americas real terrorist organization.)
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To: savedbygrace
An Amish hotel? LOL--that would be an interesting stay.
32 posted on 12/08/2007 3:30:46 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: milford421; Founding Father; DAVEY CROCKETT

Ping


33 posted on 12/08/2007 7:09:45 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (This is "Be an Angel Day", do something nice for someone today.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Were the motel owners citizens. Maybe not and they can be deported.


34 posted on 12/08/2007 7:49:37 PM PST by BeckB
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To: SwinneySwitch

How about if they served their 5 years probation back in India, and reapply thereafter for admission to this country?


35 posted on 12/08/2007 8:25:39 PM PST by Redbob
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To: SwinneySwitch

77 Sunshine Strip.

Good old TV show...


36 posted on 12/08/2007 8:27:08 PM PST by null and void (No more Bushes/No more Clintons)
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To: SwinneySwitch

USC 18 allows for seizure of assets to include anything that may have transported the immigrants.

I think if locals used this club more often the illegal problem would dwindle considerably.


37 posted on 12/08/2007 8:30:16 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (No buy China!!)
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To: Concho
"The article also said that 60% of the motels here are owned by Indians, and that 1/3 of them use the name Patel. It is the most commonly used name here after Singh."

I was kidding a fellow I know named Singh, I asked him if he's related to the current premier or prime minister of India.
He told me that in his clan or whatever it is (he is a Sikh), "Singh" simply means "male;" all male children are named "Singh," and all females have some other appelation that I cannot recall.

38 posted on 12/08/2007 8:32:56 PM PST by Redbob
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To: ErnBatavia

http://www.legacy.com/GainesvilleTimes/GB/GuestbookView.aspx?PersonId=99205128

Dude, you can totally still sign the guestbook!

But be nice...


39 posted on 12/08/2007 8:49:25 PM PST by Bat_Chemist (The devil has already outsmarted every "Bright".)
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To: 1rudeboy

Bet the food would be good. And fresh! But breakfast is at 5:30 am...


40 posted on 12/08/2007 8:51:20 PM PST by Bat_Chemist (The devil has already outsmarted every "Bright".)
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To: SwinneySwitch

If I were king, and if giving whistleblowers a financial incentive to rat out their employers did not make me uneasy, I would set up a qui tam system — dirty employers who knew or should’ve known that they were employing illegals are subject to massive fines, and (non-illegal) employees who turn them in get the standard qui tam cut (15%? more?).

I think that would have a swift and profound effect on the immigration debate.


41 posted on 12/08/2007 9:43:20 PM PST by Burma Jones
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To: Cowboy Bob
Rakeshkumar Bhakta, 40, and wife Alka Bhakta, 35
Somebody need to check the immigration status on these people!

Norwegian? Dutch?

42 posted on 12/08/2007 9:46:25 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Concho

“It is my understanding that Patel means Innkeeper in their language. Most motel people here are named Patel.”

Except the ones who are Federal judges
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilyn_Hall_Patel


43 posted on 12/08/2007 10:16:55 PM PST by Polynikes (Hey. I got a question. How are you planning to get back down that hill?)
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To: Polynikes
Marilyn Hall was a Patel by marriage.

In NJ and in Florida, everyone knows what you mean when you say "Patel Motel." I used to go to a no tell motel when I lived in FL, not for the Nookie, but for the curry (they had an outstanding restaurant).

44 posted on 12/08/2007 10:24:37 PM PST by Clemenza (Rudy Giuliani, like Pesto and Seattle, belongs in the scrap heap of '90s Culture)
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To: Redbob

Umm,nope,the word ‘Singh’ means Lion.Many Sikh women use the surname of ‘Kaur’(Lioness/Princess).Other Sikh women retain the Singh surname.

Many North Indian Hindus also use the Singh surname.


45 posted on 12/09/2007 6:55:06 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

ping


46 posted on 12/09/2007 7:53:23 AM PST by gubamyster
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To: SwinneySwitch

Now, if can only move on to McDonalds. Imagine a bunch of those million dollar businesses being sold at auction. That’d help take of the law breakers.


47 posted on 12/09/2007 7:55:10 AM PST by CodeToad
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To: Lobbyist

PING


48 posted on 12/09/2007 8:16:23 AM PST by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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ALL third world people couldn't give a shit about their "fellow brother and sister".

Dickens was right....

That set us apart!

49 posted on 12/09/2007 8:26:12 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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ALL third world people couldn't give a shit about their "fellow brother and sister".

Dickens was right....

That set us apart!

50 posted on 12/09/2007 8:27:02 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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