Maine restaurateurs cited for harboring illegal immigrants

Posted Sept. 21, 2011, at 4:48 p.m.

WESTBROOK, Maine — Two restaurateurs in Maine have been charged with hiring and conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants.

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday announced the arrests of Guillermo Fuentes of Westbrook and Hector Fuentes of Waterville. The two men, who are brothers, each face a penalty of up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the conspiracy charge.

The investigation focused on three restaurants: The Fajita Grill in Westbrook, owned by Guillermo Fuentes; and the Cancun Mexican Restaurant in Waterville and the Cancun Mexican Restaurant II in Biddeford, both of which are owned by Hector Fuentes.

Both Fuentes brothers were detained Wednesday, and it was unclear if they had retained counsel.