Six Stark and Summit County managers have been indicted for their roles in a conspiracy to hire undocumented workers at a chain of restaurants, and pay them less than minimum wage and sometimes only in tips, according to Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District.
Prosecutors are also seeking to forfeit more than $16 million generated by the restaurants. Indicted are owners Miguel Castro, age 44, and Monica Castro, age 43, both of Uniontown, Ohio; and managers Cesar Castro, age 28, of Akron; Aldo Castro, age 42, of Akron; Pedro Cervantes, age 39, of Mexico; and Gustavo Torres, age 45, of Kent, Ohio.
"The owners and managers of these restaurants took advantage of their workers' immigration status for their own profit," Dettelbach said.
The defendants face charges including conspiracy 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.
Since 2002, the defendants owned and/or managed the seven "Mariachi Locos" and "Mariachi Cocos" chain of restaurants with locations in Akron, Stow, Tallmadge and North Canton.
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