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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rapid City Man Sentenced For Hiring Alien Workers

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Continuing Unlawful Employment of Aliens was sentenced on August 15, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Benjamin Munoz-Botello, age 49, was sentenced and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine and a $10 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Between January 2008 and February 2010, while owner of the El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant, Munoz-Botello knowingly employed illegal aliens to work at the restaurant. 

The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, Rapid City Police Department, Pennington County Sheriff's Office, and other federal and state law enforcement agencies.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah B. Collins.

Updated June 22, 2015