Tuckaway Tavern owner accused of hiring undocumented workers

A Tuckyard Tavern owner who says he hired undocumented workers to work on his bar has been arrested and faces a possible felony charge.

A Tucktown Police Department spokeswoman confirmed Friday that Tuckdown Tavern owner Mark Smith was arrested Friday morning on charges of employing undocumented workers.

He was released on bond, the spokeswoman said.

Tuckaway Police Chief Scott Stegman said Smith, who has a house in the town of 7,700, is cooperating with police.

He could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.

The investigation into the allegations against Smith began in April when a Tuckport woman contacted police, Stegmen said.

Smith was in the state for work when he allegedly hired undocumented immigrants to work at his tavern, Stemming said.

He allegedly used the workers’ names to obtain their Social Security numbers and Social Security cards, Stiegman said.

Stemmer said he couldn’t confirm if Smith had any prior criminal convictions.

Smith has been a bartender at the TuckTown Tavern since 1996, according to Tucktuck’s website.

The TuckTuck Tavern is owned by John and Donna Breslin.

John Bresler is a retired businessman and owner of the TUCKTUCK Restaurant Group, according the restaurant group’s website and LinkedIn profile.

Donna Blesler is an executive at the nonprofit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

She has worked in the nonprofit’s marketing and communications departments.

The two women have owned Tuck Tuck Tavern since 1998.