Restaurant owner gets four-month prison term for employing illegal immigrants

A Kingsville man who owned restaurants in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties was sentenced to four months in federal prison Thursday followed by four months’ home detention after pleading guilty to the “harboring of unlawful aliens for financial gain.”

George Anagnostou, 41, will report for incarceration on Jan. 3, leaving behind his four children, a troubled marriage and an ailing business — having already sold at least two others to pay his bills. He was ordered to forfeit nearly $750,000 in assets to the government earlier this month.

“His perspective that the rules didn’t apply to him have led him here today,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel Miller Yasser. He broke the law “continuously for 11 years straight.”

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