County Executive Leopold Issues Statement on Sentencing of Employer for Immigration Violations
Annapolis (October 29, 2010) - County Executive John R. Leopold today released the following statement regarding the sentencing of Timbuktu restaurant owner George Anagnostou:
"Cracking down on illegal immigration has been a priority of this Administration, and I am pleased that the court has rightly imposed jail time on an employer who hired and harbored illegal immigrants," County Executive Leopold said. "The sentence sends a clear message that we will not tolerate businesses breaking the law at the expense of businesses who play by the rules."
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson sentenced Anagnostou, 41, of Kingsville, to four months in prison and four months home detention with electronic monitoring, followed by two years of supervised release, for harboring for private financial gain and commercial advantage at least 24 unauthorized alien employees of Timbuktu and By the Docks restaurants. Anagnostou also forfeited a 2009 Harley Davidson, $378,386.21 from five bank accounts; $99,890 seized from the restaurants and Anagnostou’s home on March 11, 2010; and at sentencing paid an additional $256,696.67, also believed to be proceeds of the crime.
County Executive Leopold has implemented strict policies to curb illegal immigration. A Police Department detective has been assigned to ICE to improve information flow between local and federal law enforcement. Executive Order 24, signed in 2007, prohibits businesses that employ illegal immigrants from doing business with the County.
The Department of Detention Facilities has streamlined the process of referring hundreds of illegal immigrants at intake to federal authorities. County Police have provided instrumental assistance in high-profile raids on businesses suspected of violating immigration laws, including Annapolis Painting Services in Annapolis and Timbuktu Restaurant in Hanover.