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Pair Pleads to Misdemeanors after Immigration Raid

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - Two men arrested in December raids on Mexican restaurants in northwest Arkansas pleaded guilty today to misdemeanor charges of knowingly hiring an illegal alien.

Armando Reyes, 33, of Lowell and 35-year-old Arturo Reyes, Jr. of Rogers had initially faced felony charges of harboring illegal aliens and money laundering.  The two men were arrested during a sweep through Acambaro Mexican Restaurants and Garcia's Distribution Company by a taskforce of local police officers overseen by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Arturo Reyes, Sr., representing the Acambaro restaurant chain, entered the tentative plea agreement Thursday, which should avert the forfeiture of their business.  In exchange, he agreed to pay $400,000 in fines and the businesses will be placed on federal probation for five years.

Prosecutors say 23 people in all were arrested during the raids.  Most were later deported.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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