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Man pleads guilty in hiring of undocumented workers at Mexican restaurants

A California man accused of assisting the owners of four restaurants to hire undocumented workers faces a maximum five years in prison after his guilty plea Thursday in U.S. District Court, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Marguin Sanchez, 23, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to employ unlawful aliens before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr., the U.S. Attorney's Office said. The charge also carries a $250,000 fine.

Sanchez and his uncle, Jose Sanchez-Ocampo, assisted Sergio Ramses Mucino, in the alleged hiring of illegal aliens to work at Mexican restaurants including Don Tequila on Allen Street and Agave on Elmwood Avenue, El Agave on Union Road in Cheektowaga and La Divina on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

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Prosecutors said Sanchez was responsible for paying wages to the workers in cash and purchasing homes in his name where the undocumented workers lived, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Sanchez-Ocampo has been convicted and is set to be sentenced March 5, while charges are pending against Sergio Ramses Mucino, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations. Sanchez is set to be sentenced June 7.

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