After an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) a former supervisor of an Iowa poultry plant was sentenced to twenty-three months in prison for his role in harboring illegal aliens.
According to information disclosed in court, the former supervisor played an active role in harboring the illegal aliens. Specifically, he told a number of employees to change their Social Security numbers and names in order to continue working at the company, and later directed six of his most valuable workers to get new identification documents.
The Federal Judge in this case increased the sentence from the sentencing guidelines because the former supervisor held a supervisory position and also because one hundred or more illegal aliens were harbored.
The ICE investigation began in October 2007, and criminal and administrative warrants were executed on the Poultry plant in May 2008. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), the investigation is ongoing.
ICE aggressively targets employers who violate immigration laws by knowingly employing an illegal workforce!
The MVP Law Group encourages all employers to abide by the rules and regulations and to keep and maintain accurate and up-to-date I-9 forms for all employees.
If you are interested in conducting an I-9 compliance audit, please contact our office!