Fargo restaurant owner sentenced to probation for employing undocumented immigrants

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The owner of a Mexican restaurant in Fargo is serving several years of probation for employing undocumented immigrants.

Jose Ramon Gutierrez, who owns and operates Mango’s restaurant, could’ve faced 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for the charge of Harboring Illegal Aliens, according to court records.

Instead, a federal judge in Bismarck on Monday sentenced Gutierrez to two years of probation and ordered him to pay $1,600.

According to court documents, Gutierrez employed two cooks at Mango’s from May 1, 2018 to January 31, 2019 who working illegally in the United States.

Gutierrez paid them in cash and kept them off the restaurant’s payroll.

He pleaded guilty on October 21, 2019 to Harboring Illegal Aliens avoiding a criminal trial.

Both workers were citizens of Mexico and entered or remained in the United States in violation of the law, according to court records.