Hugo Diaz's wife, Blanca, pled guilty to enterting the United States illegally Wednesday , the day after her husband also pled guilty in federal court to harboring an illegal immigrant.
U.S. District Judge Randall Hall sentenced Blanca Diaz to the three months she's served in jail since her arrest in November. He also ordered her to be immediately remanded to the custody of immigration officials with a recommendation for deportation to her native Mexico.
Hugo and Blanca Diaz were indicted on federal charges of harboring illegal aliens, money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with the money they made using illegal immigrants as workers for their construction business.
Hugo Diaz pled guilty Tuesday in federal court to one count of harboring an illegal immigrant. Prosecutors dropped 14 other charges related to the money he made using the undocumented workers. Hugo Diaz, who is in the country illegally, will remain in federal custody until sentencing at a future date. He also faces deportation to Mexico.
A federal indictment says the couple sheltered undocumented workers no later than January 2008 "for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain."
Search warrants were served at their $1.7 million Evans home on Nov. 4 by federal investigators.
Seven others were arrested on a charge of entering the country illegally: Arturo Domiinquez-Suaste, Reyes Fredrico Lopez-Garcia, Jesus Vazquez-Trejo, Carlos Suarez Ortega, Rigoberto Loza-Marquez, Estaban Jarquin-Esteba and Heris Francisco Medina-Ramires. Court records show no resolution in their cases.