Route 56 owners sentenced following plea agreement

By Chris Swick
December 03, 2015

The owners of Route 56 Express in McPherson faced their sentencing Monday in United States District Court in Wichita after entering a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Satishkumar Patel, 47, and Daxaben Patel, 36, had been arrested on 45 total counts, including document fraud and the employment of illegal aliens stemming from their ownership of the gas station.

U.S. District Court Judge Eric Melgren handed down the ruling Monday that Satishkumar Patel was found guilty of three of the counts against him, employing illegal aliens, failure to collect and pay over tax, and operating a money transmitting business without the required state license.

He was sentenced to time served in prison and will be on a two-year supervised release, with the first five months of that on home detention. Patel will also have to submit to searches by a United State probation officer and comply with directives from immigration officials, including the determination of potential removal from the U.S.

Daxaben Patel was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation after pleading guilty to one count of aiding and abetting the operation of a money transmitting business without the required state license.

Both Patels have had to forfeit over $680,000 in cash and savings in various bank accounts, plus 19 ounces of gold siezed from a safety deposit bank.

The Patels, along with five others, were arrested in June after a raid on both Route 56 as well as a liqour store in Lawrence they owned along with Nitin B. Patel, 53.