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Federal agents target Summit and Stark restaurants accused of hiring undocumented workers

Beacon Journal staff report

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Six people are accused of conspiring to hire undocumented workers at two Mexican restaurant chains in Summit and Stark counties.

The 23-count federal indictment alleges the workers were paid below the minimum wage and sometimes only with tips received from customers. The restaurants include seven Mariachi Locos and Mariachi Cocos in Akron, Stow, Tallmadge and Jackson Township.

The charges were announced Friday by Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Charged are: Miguel Castro, 44, and Monica Castro, 43, both of Uniontown; and managers Cesar Castro, 28, of Akron; Aldo Castro, 42, of Akron; Pedro Cervantes, 39, of Mexico; and Gustavo Torres, 45, of Kent.

“The owners and managers of these restaurants took advantage of their workers’ immigration status for their own profit,” Dettelbach said.

Prosecutors say the six conspired “to harbor undocumented aliens, aiding and abetting the harboring of undocumented aliens, harboring undocumented aliens, conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail fraud.”

Miguel Castro and Monica Castro also are charged with making false statements to federal law enforcement officers.

The indictment seeks the forfeiture of more than $16 million in gross proceeds earned from the conspiracy.


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