Mexican National Admits Harboring Undocumented Migrants

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News Americas, BUFFALO, NY, Weds. Mar. 30, 2011: A Mexican man has pleaded guilty to harboring as many as 100 undocumented migrants for “commercial advantage.”

Simon Banda-Mireles, also known as Jorge DeLarco, 50 admitted to employing and harboring between 25 and 100 undocumented migrants restaurants he owned in western New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, between 2006 and 2008.

Banda-Mireles further admitted that he paid those employee substandard wages and thereby gained a commercial advantage over other restaurants who paid workers at least minimum wage.

As part of his plea agreement, Banda-Mireles, who entered the United States illegally using an assumed identity of Jorge DeLarco, agreed to forfeit cash and other assets seized when he and 10 of his managers were arrested in April 2008, in connection with this case. Six of Banda-Mireles’s managers have been convicted; four others are scheduled to go to trial in May.

He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for July 14th at 9 a.m. before Chief U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny.

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