Mambo's Seafood, the popular chain that's a big sponsor of the Houston Dynamo, has been hit with charges that it encouraged illegal aliens to come to the U.S. and then harbored and hid them.
Two current and three former managers have been indicted, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today.
The indictments charge "Operations Manager Joel Moreno, 36, former restaurant managers Alfredo Aguilar Gonzalez, 43, and Alejandro Aguilar Gonzalez, a.k.a. Eduardo Martinez, 27, former supervisor Victor Batz, 49, and current supervisor Romelia Lopez, 26, with conspiracy to encourage and induce aliens to illegally reside in the United States and to harbor the aliens beginning in April 2009 to the present. Each defendant is also charged with one count each of making false statements on employment documents during the existence of the conspiracy," the USAO says.
The office said:
According to allegation in the indictment, on Dec. 2, 2009, [Homeland Security] agents conducted a worksite enforcement action at Mambo Seafood's corporate headquarters and two restaurants, one located at on the 6100 block of Airline Drive and the second on the 10000 block of Long Point Road. Thirty-three illegal alien employees were found and detained by HSI agents and numerous immigration documents were seized.
All but Alejandro Gonzalez have been arrested.