KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A federal judge has sentenced a Taiwan official in Missouri to time-served and deportation for underpaying and overworking two housekeepers.
Liu Hsien Hsien, also known as Jacqueline Liu, had pleaded guilty to fraud in foreign labor contracting. The former director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Kansas City has been in custody since her arrest Nov. 10.
U.S. District Judge David Gregory Kays also ordered the 64-year-old woman to repay her incarceration costs and fund her own travel back to Taiwan.
Liu paid the housekeepers about $80,000 in restitution. She said at the sentencing hearing that she was deeply sorry for how she treated them.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office is similar to a foreign consulate. The U.S. doesn’t recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state.
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