San Antonio Restaurant Targeted by Feds for Hiring and Hiding Illegal Workers

Worksite immigration enforcement cases are pretty rare so when they happen they get everyone's attention.  This week, a San Antonio restaurant company, its owner and four managers have been indicted on charges they conspired to hire illegal immigrants.

In 2008 a disgruntled former employee made a report to U.S. Immigration.  After a two-year investigation, a federal grand jury Wednesday indicted the Salsalito Cantina company (which has two restaurant locations here in San Antonio), along with its owner, it human resources manager, its general manager Humberto Gonzalez, and its kitchen manager.

The indictment alleges they conspired to induce people to enter the United States illegally, hired them, completed fraudulent work verification documents and then hid them.

The company and the managers have reportedly denied the charges.  The company's lawyer has implied that the case is built on untruthful statements of scared illegal aliens who were being questioned by the feds.  It will be interesting to follow the case and see if all of the defendants maintain the same story and take the case to trial of if one them makes a deal with prosecutors. 

In case you were wondering, the potential penalties for the defendants in a case like this one: Up to 10 years in prison for the individuals.  The company faces fines of up to $500,000 per violation.

Source: You can read the whole story at the SA Express News.