Man sentence for hiring illegal workers in Maine

Posted Aug. 02, 2011, at 8:41 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 53-year-old New Hampshire man who pleaded guilty to employing illegal immigrants at several Dunkin’ Donuts stores that he managed in Maine has been sentenced to home confinement.

U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby on Tuesday imposed a six-month sentence of home confinement and a $64,000 fine on George Valvanis. Hornby also ordered him to serve five years of probation, with 20 hours per month of community service.

Federal prosecutors have said Valvanis, of Atkinson, N.H., knowingly employed 18 illegal immigrants to work in Portland-area Dunkin’ Donuts he managed between 2001 and 2009.

Bruce Foucart, special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in New England, said the agency is putting its focus on people who knowingly employ illegal workers.

 

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