- Associated Press - Saturday, December 13, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say two brothers have pleaded guilty to harboring immigrants who worked at their New Mexico restaurants and were living in the country illegally.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico says 29-year-old Wen Ping Chen and 31-year-old Wen Qiu Chen entered the pleas Friday morning in Albuquerque.

Prosecutors say both pleaded guilty to harboring an illegal alien and violating the federal minimum and overtime wage laws.

Under the agreement, both will receive recommendations for sentences that won’t involve jail time.

The brothers, who were born in China and are naturalized American citizens, ran a Chinese restaurant in Santa Fe and another in Rio Rancho.



They were arrested in August 2013 following an investigation into whether some restaurant workers were residing in their homes illegally.

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