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Western District of New York

Thursday, February 8, 2018

California Man Pleads Guilty To His Role In Illegal Immigration Scheme

CONTACT:  Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX #:            (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Marguin Sanchez, 23, of California, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to employ unlawful aliens before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiGiacomo, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant, along with co-defendant Jose Sanchez-Ocampo, assisted co-defendant Sergio Ramses Mucino, in hiring illegal aliens to work at four Mexican restaurants including Don Tequila on Allen Street in Buffalo, El Agave on Union Road in Cheektowaga, Agave on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, and La Divina on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore. The defendant was responsible for paying wages to the workers in cash and purchasing homes in his name where the illegal aliens who worked in the restaurants resided.

Jose Sanchez-Ocampo has been convicted and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 5, 2018. Charges are pending against Sergio Ramses Mucino. The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  

The plea is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.

Marguin Sanchez is scheduled to be sentenced on June 7, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. before Chief Judge Geraci.

Updated February 9, 2018