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Five plead guilty to hiring illegal immigrants to work at San Diego bakery

November 30, 2010 | 12:55 pm

The former owner and four employees of a San Diego wholesale bakery pleaded guilty Tuesday to knowingly hiring illegal immigrants to work in the bakery, well-known for its cakes, bread and muffins.

Under a plea bargain, Jesse William Fadick, the former owner of S&S Bakery, will forfeit $800,000 in profits.

Prosecutors agreed to recommend no prison sentence but five years' probation for Fadick, 64, and Jean-Pierre Martinez, 54, the general manager of the bakery. Minimal sentences will be recommended for supervisors Rigoberto Sarmiento-Machuca, 35, and Rogelio Machuca-Sarmiento, 46, and employee Abel Baizabal, 38, according to the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego.

Sentencing is up to District Judge Michael M. Anello. A sentencing hearing is set in San Diego federal court for Monday.

Also, bakery employee Norma Angelica Flores, 42, pleaded guilty to being a deported alien who had returned to the U.S. illegally. She was sentenced to six months in custody at a Nov. 18 hearing.

Among other customers, S&S Bakery sold its goods to schools, prisons and military bases.

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