Santo Domingo is the town that Filiberto's built. Arizonans know the name from the omnipresent chain of 24-hour Mexican fast-food restaurants that blanket the state.

But in Santo Domingo, people know Filiberto as a local boxing promoter and one of the four elder Tenorio-Quintero brothers, along with Flavio, Aurelio and Francisco, responsible for keeping their town alive. Ironically, while the Tenorios started their business in America, it was their habit of hiring workers from their hometown that ultimately landed the brothers back in Santo Domingo.

Booker T. Evans Jr., a prominent Phoenix white-collar crime attorney who represented some of the brothers in their legal matters, recalls traveling down there with a video camera to document the living conditions circa 1999, in an effort to illustrate to the court the dire circumstances from which the brothers were rescuing the desperate friends and cousins they employed.

"At that point in time, that area was in an extreme drought," Evans says. "So there was nothing there. I mean, you couldn't farm the land. We'd drive through the area, and there were literally skeletons of cattle that had just died because there was no water to grow grass, and the fields were just littered with their bones."

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