Fajita Grill Owners Sentenced for Hiring Undocumented Aliens and False Statements
Contacts: Julia M. Lipez and James W. Chapman, Jr.
Assistant United States Attorneys
Tel: (207) 780-3257
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that
brothers, Guillermo Fuentes of Westbrook, Maine and Hector Fuentes of Waterville,
Maine, were sentenced today in U.S. District Court for hiring ten or more undocumented
aliens in a twelve-month period and making false statements. Guillermo Fuentes was
sentenced to 37 months in prison to be followed by 2 years of supervised release. Hector
Fuentes was sentenced to 30 months in prison to be followed by 1 year of supervised
release. Both were ordered to forfeit over $48,000 that was seized in connection with the
investigation. The defendants pleaded guilty on June 16, 2014.
Court records reveal that the charges relate to the hiring of undocumented workers at
the Fajita Grill restaurant in Westbrook, Maine, and to post-arrest statements the defendants
made to law enforcement officers in September 2011 in which they falsely stated, among
other things, that federally required documentation regarding the immigration status of
employees had been properly completed.
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