Farmington siblings plead guilty to harboring illegal workers

FARMINGTON, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - A Farmington brother and sister could each face up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to harboring undocumented restaurant workers.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says J. Guadalupe Hernandez, 33, and his sister, Felisita Hernandez, 32, conspired to conceal undocumented workers at Jimador Mexican Restaurant in Farmington and Molcajetes Mexican Grill in Geneva.

El Jimador was owned by J. Guadalupe Hernandez and Molcajetes was owned by Felisita Hernandez at the time of the crime. Currently, Felisita owns both locations.

Authorities also say the siblings provided housing in Farmington and Geneva for some of the undocumented workers and paid them in cash in order to further conceal their employment. 

Both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens, harboring an illegal alien, and pattern and practice. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 19.


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