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A Mexican national, who was convicted of harboring illegal aliens for commercial advantage, was sentenced to 46 months in prison. The sentence stems from an extensive investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Simon Banda-Mireles, 50, aka Jorge DeLarco, a native and citizen of Mexico, also must pay restitution in the amount of $239,089 to 15 illegal aliens who worked for him — they had been paid substantially below minimum wage. Previously, the defendant had agreed to forfeit money and property valued at $70,009 to the government.
Banda-Mireles, who at one time owned and operated several Mexican restaurants in Western New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, employed and harbored between 25 and 100 illegal aliens in those businesses between 2006 and 2008. The defendant paid those employees substandard wages, thereby gaining a competitive commercial advantage over other restaurants that paid workers at least minimum wage.
Banda-Mireles, who entered the United States illegally using an assumed identity of Jorge DeLarco, was arrested in April 2008, along with 10 of his restaurant managers. All 11 defendants have now been convicted.