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Dunkin' Donuts Manager Pleads Guilty To Employing Illegal Aliens

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December 16, 2010 – George Valvanis, 53, of Atkinson, N.H., pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in a pattern or practice of recruiting or hiring illegal aliens unauthorized to work in the United States, and to one count of using a false attestation in an immigration document, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II of the District of Maine.  

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). According to court records, Valvanis managed several Dunkin' Donuts stores located in the Portland area.  

Between 2001 and 2009, he knowingly employed 18 illegal aliens to work in his stores. Valvanis faces a maximum prison term of five years on the false attestation charge and six months on the alien hiring charge. "ICE HSI will hold employers who knowingly hire an illegal workforce accountable for their actions," said Bruce M. Foucart, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Boston. Foucart oversees ICE HSI throughout New England.

 

"Our office will continue to investigate and find employers who flout our laws and hire illegal labor, in order to reduce the demand for illegal employment and protect employment opportunities for the nation's lawful workforce. ICE HSI will use enforcement tools, civil and criminal, when appropriate to bring about compliance." 

Sentencing before U.S. District Judge D. Brock Hornby is scheduled for April 2011. Dunkin' Donuts is an international donut and coffee retailer founded in 1950 in Quincy, Massachusetts by William Rosenberg.  

It is now headquartered in Canton, Massachusetts. Despite originally focusing on donuts and other baked goods, over half of Dunkin' Donuts business today is in coffee, making it more of a competitor to Starbucks as opposed to traditional competitors Krispy Kreme and Tim Hortons.  

The company's largest competitors include Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Starbucks, as well as small locally owned doughnut shops. In Canada and parts of the northern United States, Tim Hortons is a major competitor. Mister Donut had been its largest competitor in the United States before the company was bought by Dunkin' Donuts' parent company. The Mister Donut stores were rebranded as Dunkin' Donuts. 

Dunkin' Donuts claims to be the world's largest coffee and baked goods chain, serving 2.7 million customers per day at approximately 8,800 stores in 31 countries which includes approximately 6,400 Dunkin' Donuts locations throughout the USA.

 
This figure compares with the 15,011 stores of coffee chain Starbucks, whose baked goods are usually prepared out of shop. Most Dunkin' Donuts stores are franchises. Only 75 franchisees exist west of the Mississippi River, mostly in Arizona, Nevada and Texas. Within their New England home base, however, Dunkin' Donuts is particularly dominant and can be found in many gas stations, supermarkets, mall and airport food courts, and Wal-Mart stores across the region.

Dunkin' Donuts, along with Baskin-Robbins, is owned by Dunkin' Brands Inc. (previously known as Allied Domecq Quick Service Restaurants, when it was a part of Allied Domecq). Dunkin' Brands used to own the Togo's chain, but sold this in late 2007 to a private equity firm. Dunkin' Brands was owned by French beverage company, Pernod Ricard S.A. after it purchased Allied Domecq.
 
 

They reached an agreement in December 2005 to sell the brand to a consortium of three private equity firms, Bain Capital Partners, the Carlyle Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners. In the U.S., Dunkin' Donuts is sometimes paired with Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops. While such locations usually have two counters set up for each chain (much like the Wendy's/Tim Hortons co-branded locations), depending on business that day both products can be bought at the same counter (usually the Dunkin' counter), much like the Yum! Brands stores.

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