Restaurant Owners Convicted of Conspiracy to Harbor and Harboring Undocumented Aliens and Document Fraud
Contact: Julia M. Lipez or
James W. Chapman
Assistant United States Attorneys
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that
Guillermo Fuentes, 37, of Westbrook, Maine and Hector Fuentes, 39, of Waterville, Maine,
were convicted today, following an eight-day jury trial in U.S. District Court in Portland of
conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens for profit, harboring undocumented aliens for profit
and aiding and abetting document fraud.
Court records reveal that the charges relate to hiring and employment practices at three
Mexican restaurants in Maine between 2006 and 2011: The Fajita Grill in Westbrook, owned by
Guillermo Fuentes; and the Cancun Mexican Restaurant in Waterville and the Cancun Mexican
Restaurant II in Biddeford, both of which are owned by Hector Fuentes. The document fraud
charges arose out of the Fuentes brothers’ efforts to assist undocumented alien employees obtain
false Permanent Resident Cards (known as a "green cards") and social security cards.
Numerous former employees, mostly undocumented aliens from Mexico and Guatemala,
testified during the trial that the Fuentes brothers hired them to work at the restaurants and
harbored them at residences in Maine. The employees worked between six and seven days per
week, often from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. or later with only one two-hour break. Kitchen staff
testified that the defendants paid them, on average, between $350 and $500 per week, in cash.
Waiters did not get paid but were allowed to keep their tips.
Defendants face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count and forfeiture
of the gross proceeds of the violations. They will be sentenced after the completion of
presentence investigation reports by the United States Probation Office.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement’s
Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector
General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations.
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