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Kimberly restaurant owner has human trafficking charges dismissed


APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Outagamie County prosecutors say they need more time to build their case against a Kimberly restaurant owner accused of human trafficking.

So in a notice to the court, prosecutors dismissed charges against Yen Meier, but are considering re-filing the charges.

Meier, who owns Yen's Chinese Buffet, is accused of forcing an employee to work long hours at the restaurant, with no pay and little food.

The trial for Meier was scheduled to begin Monday.

“The state is engaging in further investigation into the matter. This investigation is ongoing and involves obtaining possible evidence from federal and foreign sources. The state further reviewed discovery received from the defense, including on March 3, 2014, and wishes to conduct follow-up into that evidence and other evidence received from the defendant before proceeding with criminal charges against the defendant,” said the motion to dismiss by assistant District Attorney Andrew Maier.

“Dismissing the charges is the ethical thing to do in this case,” said defense attorney Nila Robinson.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).