Two Farmington siblings have been sentenced for harboring illegal aliens.
33-year-old J. Guadalupe Hernandez, owner of El Jimador restaurant in Farmington, will serve 21 months in federal prison and forfeit $70,000 in earnings, while his sister, 32-year-old Felisita Hernandez, who owns a Mexican restaurant in Greece, was sentenced to time served.
Federal prosecutors say the pair provided housing for several illegal workers from February 2014 to December 2015, while also paying them in cash to conceal their employment.
Both Hernandez siblings pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens, harboring an illegal alien, and pattern and practice back in November.
ROCHESTER BROTHER AND SISTER SENTENCED FOR
HARBORING UNDOCUMENTED RESTAURANT WORKERS
BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that J. Guadalupe Hernandez, 33, and his sister, Felisita Hernandez, 32, both of Farmington, NY, who were convicted of conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens, harboring an illegal alien, and pattern and practice, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer. J. Guadalupe Hernandez was sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $70,101.58. Felisita Hernandez was sentenced to time served to include six months home confinement.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who handled the case, stated that between February 2014 and December 2015, the defendants conspired to conceal aliens working at El Jimador Mexican Restaurant in Farmington, NY, and Molcajetes Mexican Grill, in Greece, NY, in violation of the immigration laws of the United States. El Jimador was owned by defendant Guadalupe Hernandez, while Molcajetes was owned by Felisita Hernandez.
In furtherance of the conspiracy, the defendants provided apartment housing in Farmington and Geneva for some of the undocumented workers. In addition to providing housing, Guadalupe and Felisita Hernandez paid the aliens in cash in order further to conceal their employment.
The sentencings are the culmination of an investigation on the part of Immigration and Custom Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.