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  1. Company and Owner Sentenced for Knowingly Hiring Unauthorized Workers

    By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law PLLC

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    A Washington company, DJ Drywall, Inc., and its owner, David L. Jones, were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Washington for repeated violations of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986. Previously, in February 2016, DJ Drywall and David Jones pleaded guilty to knowingly encouraging and inducing a Mexican national to reside in the United States in violation of law. The guilty plea followed two civil penalties imposed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding the company’s practice of illegally hiring undocumented workers.

    In both 2008 and 2011, DJ Drywall was audited by ICE and paid fines of $32,316 and $27,405, respectively, for violating immigration law, including the hiring of 21 known undocumented workers. Additionally, in 2013, ICE found a pattern of DJ Drywall hiring unauthorized workers and paying them ‘off the books,’ or encouraging them to submit false I-9 documents.

    Under the terms of the plea agreement, David Jones forfeited $25,000 to the United States and received two years of probation. The company will be on probation for five years and will pay a $75,000 fine. While on probation, DJ Drywall will be required to verify the work authorization of all newly hired employees through the E-Verify system.
  2. Hotel Executive Convicted of Employing Undocumented Worker

    By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

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    A Nebraska hotel executive, Paul Younes, has been convicted of unlawfully employing a Mexican citizen, who was unauthorized to work in the United States. The company, Kearney Hospitality Inc., for which Younes is an officer and director, also pleaded guilty to the same offense.

    The U.S. Attorney’s investigation demonstrated a Mexican citizen, who was working at a Hastings, Nebraska hotel operated by Kearney Hospitality Inc., quit employment in 2014 when she learned the hotel was being investigated. Thereafter, the woman met with Younes, who arranged a job for her under a different name at a motel in Kearney that also was run by Kearney Hospitality.

    Younes and Kearney Hospitality are due to be sentences on May 9, 2016. I will keep you informed of the sentence. Younes' attorney says Kearney Hospitality has implemented correcting measures.
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