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Two Arraigned over Immigration Raids on NWA Restaurants

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - Two men arrested in December raids on Mexican restaurants in northwest Arkansas pleaded not guilty yesterday to three felony charges in federal court.

Armando Reyes, 33, and 45-year-old Arturo Reyes, Jr. are accused of harboring and aiding illegal immigrants and laundering money through the Acambaro Mexican Restaurants and Garcia's Distribution Company in northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri.  A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Bob Balfe says the two remain held without bond.

Court documents indicate that alleged unlawful activities involved in the case included identity theft, possession and use of counterfeit identity documents, employment-eligibility verification fraud and money laundering.

Prosecutors say 23 people in all were arrested in the raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Agents seized more than $100,000 from 15 bank accounts associated with the business.

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