Farmington siblings plead guilty to harboring undocumented workers

The siblings pleaded guilty to hiring undocumented workers and providing housing for some of them. (Photo: MGN)

Buffalo, N.Y. (WHAM) - A brother and sister from Farmington have pleaded guilty to harboring undocumented restaurant workers.

Federal prosecutors say J. Guadalupe Hernandez, 33, and his sister, Felisita Hernandez, 32, the siblings conspired to conceal aliens working at El Jimador Mexican Restaurant in Farmington and Molcajetes Mexican Grill, in Greece between February 2014 and December 2015.

El Jimador was owned by Guadalupe Hernandez while Molcajetes was owned by Felisita Hernandez.

Prosecutors also say they provided apartment housing for some of the workers in Farmington and Geneva. The brother and sister also admitted to paying the aliens in cash, in order to further conceal their employment.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 19, 2018.

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