"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 body of law intended for drug dealers and
money launderers and going after an iconic bakery and philanthropic
business,” Jot Condie, the president of the California Restaurant
Association, told Sarah Kershaw of The New York Times last year. “If
their strategy is to get the attention of the industry, mission
New York Times, Oct. 14, 2011.
"In conjunction with the guilty pleas, The French Gourmet and Malecot
agreed to forfeit the illicit proceeds gained from the bakery's
illegal hiring practices. Although the total financial penalty is
expected to be between $350,000 and $650,000, the exact amount of the
forfeiture and fine will be determined by U.S. District Judge Thomas J.
Whelan at a sentencing hearing December 19. Kauffmann faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine,
and three years of supervised release. Malecot faces a maximum of six
months in custody and a fine of $3,000 per illegal alien worker."
ICE, Oct. 14, 2011.