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Hugo Diaz and wife plead guilty

Government drops other charges related to money made using undocumented workers

Posted: February 14, 2012 - 5:14pm  |  Updated: February 16, 2012 - 1:52pm
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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.

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luvmykitty

They will be back in the

They will be back in the country before the ink dries on the paperwork

crackerjack

How about Columbia County, that issued them a business license,

How about Columbia County, that issued them a business license without implementing a simple e-verify, and most of all the greedy and shady contractors that used them, who should have been suspicious of bids way below anyone else, and would be a red flag to anyone with common sense.
The Contractors should be fined triple the difference between hiring legal workers and these illegal workers, and their licenses revoked.
And the judge is going to RECOMMEND deportation! What a crock!

corazon

Illegally

Well they both got what they deserved, those people though that they were better than anybody else. well he is not the only one illegal, they need to check all those mexican Restaurant.. and mexican are not the only one illegal in Augusta, they have People from Chile, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia.

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corazon

Illegally

Well they both got what they deserved, those people though that they were better than anybody else. well he is not the only one illegal, they need to check all those mexican Restaurant.. and mexican are not the only one illegal in Augusta, they have People from Chile, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Costa Rica, Colombia.

kjggfddddd

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