SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The former owner of a San Diego County wholesale bakery and four others pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a scheme to hire and harbor illegal immigrants at the Otay Mesa business.
Jesse William Fadick, 64, pleaded guilty to knowingly hiring 10 or more illegal aliens within a yearlong period and agreed to forfeit more than $800,000 in proceeds.
The general manager of S & S Bakery, Jean-Pierre Martinez, pleaded guilty to falsifying an I-9 employment eligibility verification form.
In addition, two bakery supervisors, Rigoberto Sarmiento-Machuca and Rogelio Machuca-Sarmiento, and an employee, Abel Baizabal, pleaded guilty to misuse of entry documents, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Jaime Parks.
Pursuant to the plea agreements, a five-year probationary term will be recommended for Fadick and Martinez, the prosecutor said.
The government will recommend low-end custodial sentences for the other defendants at the sentencing hearing next Monday before U.S. District Judge Michael Anello.
In a separate but related case, Norma Angelica Flores, who was arrested during the execution of an Oct. 13 search warrant and charged with being a deported alien found in the United States, pleaded guilty on Nov. 18 and was sentenced to six months in custody, Parks said.
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