San Francisco restaurant owner accused of underpaying employees

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The owner of two popular San Francisco restaurants is accused of underpaying employees thousands of dollars.

In 2012, the Department of Labor determined that the owner of Hong Kong Lounge I and II, Ming Lian Zhou, had underpaid 48 employees by more than $90,000.

The 57-year-old paid the feds, who in turn paid the employees. But now, employees say Zhou is making them give back the money or find a new job.

Zhou has been charged with lying to a government agency and making threats.

If guilty, Zhou faces a maximum 25-year prison sentence.

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