Fancy SoCal Bistro Hit By I-9 ICEberg; Owner Pleads Guilty, Faces Sentencing In December

"The owner of one of San Diego’s most established dining rooms and high-end bakeries, The French Gourmet, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to the longtime practice of hiring undocumented workers." San Diego Union-Tribune, Oct. 13, 2011 . “They’re using a...

Malecot avoids prison, takes $400K hit for illegal hires

SAN DIEGO — "A judge fined the owner of a popular restaurant and bakery nearly $400,000 Thursday for employing [unauthorized] immigrants in a rare case of federal prosecutors charging an employer with illegal hiring. Michel Malecot, 59, was spared prison time and his fines and penalties...