Robert Bush 6:31 p.m., May 18
French Gourmet Heads Get Probation, Fines
Owner Michel Malecot and manager Richard Kauffmann of the La Jolla restaurant French Gourmet were sentenced in federal court today (Dec. 22) to probation and fines for knowingly employing more than ten undocumented aliens over a one-year period.
Malecot got five years of probation and will have to pay the restaurant's financial penalty of $396,575, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Kauffmann was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $2,500.
Malecot admitted in his guilty plea that at least 91 aliens were unlawfully employed at his restaurant between 2005 and 2008.