Asian Restaurants in State College Target of Federal Investigation

By Mallory Lane

Published 06/12 2014 06:14PM

Updated 06/12 2014 06:37PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - As many as nine Asian restaurants in the State College area are the target of a federal investigation.

State and Federal agencies as well as local law enforcement have been at the restaurants since early Thursday afternoon.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agents are conducting what they're calling a targeted enforcement operation.

This would lead us to question whether all of the employees at these restaurants are here legally, but authorities aren't releasing much information.

We were able to find nine restaurants throughout State College Thursday that were closed. Several police cars, marked and unmarked, were parked outside of the buildings and agents were walking in and out of the buildings with several boxes.

Lunch customers were turned away at the door.

Those restaurants were Penang Asian Fusion Cuisine off of North Atherton Street, China Wok in the Northland Center, College Buffet in the Walmart complex off of North Atherton Street, Chen's Mongolian Buffet on South Atherton Street, Hunan Wok on East College Avenue. Also, three restaurants in the Westerly Parkway Plaza were closed, including Fuji and Jade Garden, My Thai and Hundred Degrees Hot Pot.

These are the restaurants we were able to track down, there may be more that are part of the investigation.

Public records show two of the restaurants are owned by the same person. Yan Jin Jiang owns Hunan Wok and Hundred Degrees Hot Pot. Three others with the same last name own Fuji and Jade Garden, My Thai and Chen's Mongolian Buffet.

Officials said residents should not be alarmed of any public safety concerns at this time.

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