Plea Deal in Illegal Workers Case

The owner of a popular Green Bay area restaurant chain has pleaded guilty to hiring undocumented workers.

Federal sentencing guidelines call for 12 to 18 months in

Julie's Cafe owner Stephen Metzler reached a plea agreement with
prosecutors. Sentencing for Metzler and his company is set for September15th.

Federal authorities say Metzler knowingly hired undocumented
workers and forced them to pay for a thousand dollars for
identification paperwork which was deducted from their paychecks
each week.

Prosecutors say Metzler hired illegal aliens from 1998 until his
restaurants were raided in June 2004.

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