Evans contractor to plead Tuesday to harboring illegal workers

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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