2 sentenced in Reno immigration probe | SierraSun.com

2 sentenced in Reno immigration probe

RENO, Nev. ” Two executives of a northern Nevada McDonald’s restaurant franchise have been sentenced to three years probation on federal charges involving the hiring of illegal immigrants.

Jimmy Moore, 47, former vice president of Mack Associates Inc., had pleaded guilty to one felony count of inducing an illegal immigrant to remain in the United States.

Joe Gillespie, 53, operations director of Mack Associates, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting.

Both were sentenced last week in Las Vegas by U.S. District Judge James Mahan.

Federal officials said they schemed to knowingly hire illegal workers and in some cases provided them with false identities.

Mack Associates in July paid a $1 million fine.

Owner Luther Mack, a prominent northern Nevada business leader, was not charged.

The plea agreements and court documents show the firm engaged in a system of hiring illegal immigrants and supplying them with false identities in an effort to retain long-term employees, especially restaurant managers, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported Thursday.

Inside the firm, the scheme was known as “good papers,” court documents said.

The case came to light in September 2007 when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents executed federal search warrants at the 11 McDonald’s restaurants and arrested 58 illegal immigrants working at the sites in and around Reno.