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Asst. Manager of Stillwater restaurant arrested

Posted at 3:58 PM, Sep 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 16:59:30-04

STILLWATER — There are new details in connection to multiple federal warrants being served at a residence and two businesses in Stillwater last week.

In the affidavit, a homeland of security agent says they received reports that El Vaquero, a Stillwater Mexican restaurant, was employing undocumented workers.

An investigator says they asked El Vaquero's management to provide supporting documentation for it's employees. Investigators say they received a binder with almost half of the documents being falsified.

In the affidavit, an employee told investigators that the owners of the Stillwater restaurant paid $6,000 to bring him to work at El Vaquero, from Mexico.

Flores was identified as the daytime manager by a previous employee. She told agents that the employees paid Flores and a co-conspirator back for travel to the U.S.

A previous employee of El Vaquero states the managers employed approximately fifteen unauthorized workers during the time she worked there. She believed the employees were unauthorized because they were all paid in cash.

Several employees stated that they lived together in a house behind the restaurant, the residents of the house would pay the co-conspirator cash to stay in the house. They also stated on average they worked sixty-hour weeks.

According to official documents, investigators say the restaurant's assistant manager, Hector Flores-Contreras, admitted to having employees’ photos and information on his phone for producing fraudulent documents for employees.

Flores-Contreras is being held at the Tulsa County Jail on complaints on conspiracy to harbor certain aliens and to possess false documents.

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