Judge sentences motel operator in wage case
A motel operator in the region is checking into jail for lying to the government in a minimum wage investigation.
Mehul Patel was sentenced to two months in jail last week.
He had agreed to pay back wages as part of an earlier investigation, but he landed in trouble when the government learned that he had forced some employees to return the money.
The 31-year-old Patel, known as Mike, operated motels in Coldwater and Battle Creek.
The government said he owes $250,000. Patel's lawyer said the figure is too high.
Federal Judge Paul Maloney will settle the issue.