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Evans contractor to plead Tuesday to harboring illegal workers

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Plea bargains have been reached for a husband and wife accused of harboring illegal immigrants to fund a lavish lifestyle, federal court records show.

Hugo Diaz is scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday in federal court to one count of hiring an illegal alien, his attorney, Brian McEnvoy, confirmed Friday.

The maximum penalty is 10 years in prison, but the sentence will be left at the discretion of U.S. Magistrate Judge Leon Barfield.

Records indicate Diaz’s wife, Blanca Diaz, has also reached a plea agreement; her attorney, Carl Lietz, could not be reached Friday.

A federal indictment says the couple sheltered undocumented aliens beginning around January 2008, “for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain.” They were arrested Nov. 4 at their $1.7 million Evans home by federal investigators serving a search warrant.

The charges against the couple are one count each of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and 10 more counts of money laundering against Hugo Diaz.

Seven others were arrested on a charge of entering the country illegally: Arturo Domiinquez-Suaste, Reyes Fredrico Lopez-Garcia, Jesus Vazquez-Trejo, Carlos Suarez Ortega, Rigoberto Loza-Marquez, Estaban Jarquin-Esteba, and Heris Francisco Medina-Ramires. Court records show no resolution in their cases.

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twolane
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twolane 02/10/12 - 08:08 pm
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soooo what happened to the
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soooo what happened to the money laundering or did they flip on someone....i see probation and he will be right back to what he was doing before

twolane
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twolane 02/10/12 - 08:10 pm
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and they have been doing this
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and they have been doing this since 2008 but they only have to plead guilty to ONE COUNT...in a 1.7 million dollar home...pretty much used these immigrants as slave labor hahahahahaahahahahahahaa what a joke

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 02/10/12 - 09:01 pm
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Wow! A lot of investigation

Wow! A lot of investigation by multiple agencies for what appears to be minimal charges. What about IRS charges? Why no resolution for the others being held? Are they unable to hire out of town hot shot attorneys like the Diazes?

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 02/11/12 - 09:26 am
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What a waste of time and
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What a waste of time and money.
These criminals should be in jail for a long time......these slap on the wrist charges should raise a cry of alarm and disgust from the agencys that worked so hard to bring these two lying thieves to justice......

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lsmith 02/11/12 - 11:30 am
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What a travesty! Dozens of
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What a travesty! Dozens of local contractors and hundreds of their employees were cheated out of their jobs in the workplace by this guy. Many, I know were forced out of business altogether. It looks to me like Diaz's is getting a slap on the wrist for all the damage he's caused. The punishment is not compensating for the totality of the crimes.

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Sweet son 02/11/12 - 01:51 pm
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Just wish they were illegals

Just wish they were illegals so we could send them back and not have to pay for their imprisonment! I also agree one count is ridiculous. Should be at least a count for the seven illegals they arrested on the property. Won't be long and they will be up and running again!!

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reba530 02/11/12 - 06:37 pm
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FIRST OF ALL YOU PEOPLE ARE
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FIRST OF ALL YOU PEOPLE ARE SO QUICK TO PASS JUDGEMENT ON SOMEONE. I HAVE KNOWN THIS FAMILY FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE. IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WERE NOT SO LAZY WE WOULD NOT HAVE TO HIRE ILLEGALS TO DO OUR WORK THAT WE ARE SO LAZY TO DO. AND YOU TATTLETALE CONTRACTORS IF YOUR PRICES WERE NOT OUT OF THE ROOF MAYBE PEOPLE WOULD NOT HAVE TO HIRE ILLEGALS. THEY CAN HIRE"""" LEGALS."""" ALL THIS MAN WANTED TO DO WAS MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY. THIS FAMILY NEVER BRAGGED ABOUT ANYTHING THEY HAD. THEY WERE VERY HARD WORKING PEOPLE. MAYBE SOME OF YOU SHOULD TAKE NOTE. ONE MORE THING HIS HOUSES WERE BUILT WITH THE BEST PRODUCTS NOT THIS CHEAP STUFF THAT MINE WAS BUILT OUT OF YEARS AGO. AND THEY WOULD NEVER HARM A FLY. ITS A SHAME THAT PEOPLE ARE SO JEALOUS OF HARD WORKING PEOPLE

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faithson 02/12/12 - 02:59 pm
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supply and demand...

supply and demand...

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