RE: [guyanese_genealogy] Immigration Authorities Arrested Several Employers Recently:
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John Wilmer <lance2703@...> wrote:
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>Subject: [guyanese_genealogy] Immigration Authorities Arrested Several
>Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 12:18:09 -0000
>ICE Agents Arrest Seven Managers of Nationwide Pallet Company and
>1,187 of the Firm's Illegal Alien Employees in 26 States
>For Immediate Release
>Office of the Press Secretary
>Contact: ICE Public Affairs, 202-514-2648
>April 20, 2006
>Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; Julie L. Myers,
>Assistant Secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
>(ICE); and Glenn T. Suddaby, United States Attorney for the Northern
>District of New York, today announced the results of a nationwide
>worksite enforcement operation targeting IFCO Systems North America,
>Inc. ("IFCO"), the largest pallet services company in the United
>States headquartered in Houston, Texas.
>ICE agents arrested seven current and former manages of IFCO pursuant
>to criminal complaints issued in the Northern District of New York.
>All these individuals are charged with conspiring to transport,
>harbor, and encourage and induce illegal aliens to reside in the
>United States for commercial advantage and private financial gain, in
>violation of Title 8, USC Section 1324 (a). The conspiracy charge
>carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to
>$250,000 for each alien with respect to whom the violation takes
>place. Two other IFCO employees were arrested on criminal charges
>relating to fraudulent documents.
>In addition to the criminal arrests, ICE agents yesterday
>conducted "consent" searches or executed criminal search warrants at
>more than 40 IFCO plants and related locations in 26 states that
>resulted in the apprehension of approximately 1,187 illegal alien
>IFCO employees. Three of the criminal search warrants were executed
>at residences in Guilderland, NY, where IFCO was allegedly housing
>illegal alien employees.
>The consent searches and search warrants were conducted at locations
>in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida,
>Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan,
>Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio,
>Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina,
>Virginia and Utah.
>The arrests and search warrants are part of an ongoing criminal
>investigation of IFCO's Pallet Management Services division that
>began more than a year ago. The investigation is being conducted by
>ICE, New York State Police - Upstate New York Regional Intelligence
>Center, Social Security Administration Inspector General, Internal
>Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, and the Department of Labor
>Inspector General. The Guilderland Town Police Department and
>Schenectady Police Department also provided assistance.
>According to a government affidavit filed in the Northern District of
>New York, the investigation began in February 2005 when ICE agents
>received information that IFCO workers in Guilderland, NY, were
>witnessed ripping up their W-2 tax forms and that an IFCO assistant
>general manager had explained that these workers were illegal aliens,
>had fake Social Security cards and did not intend to file tax returns.
>According to the affidavit, subsequent investigation indicated that
>IFCO officials transported illegal aliens to and from work; paid rent
>for the housing of illegal alien employees; and deducted money from
>the aliens' monthly paychecks to cover these expenses. Former IFCO
>employees also said it was common practice for IFCO to hire workers
>who lacked social security cards or produced bogus identification
>The affidavit also alleges that IFCO officials knowingly hired an
>illegal alien who was an informant for ICE. In numerous recorded
>conversations, IFCO officials reimbursed this person for obtaining
>fraudulent identity documents for other illegal alien employees; used
>the person to recruit other illegal workers; and advised the person
>and other illegal alien employees on how to avoid law enforcement
>detection, the affidavit alleges.
>The affidavit further alleges that approximately 53.4 percent of the
>Social Security numbers contained on the IFCO Systems North America
>Inc. payroll of roughly 5,800 workers during 2005 were either
>invalid, did not match the true name registered with the Social
>Security Administration for that number, or belonged to children or
>deceased persons. The Social Security Administration sent at least 13
>written notifications to IFCO headquarters about such discrepancies
>on its payroll records in 2004 and 2005, the affidavit alleges.
>Employers and workers alike should be on notice that the status quo
>has changed," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael
>Chertoff. "These enforcement actions demonstrate that this department
>has no patience for employers who tolerate or perpetuate a shadow
>economy. We intend to find employers who knowingly or recklessly hire
>unauthorized workers and we will use every authority within our power
>to shut down businesses that exploit an illegal workforce to turn a
>ICE Assistant Secretary Myers said, "ICE has no tolerance for
>corporate officers who harbor illegal aliens for their workforce.
>This nationwide enforcement action shows how we will use all our
>investigative tools to bring these individuals to justice, no matter
>how large or small their company."
>Glenn T. Suddaby, United States Attorney for the Northern District of
>New York said, "The IFCO case is an outstanding example of intense
>cooperation between prosecutors, federal investigators, and state and
>local police which has successfully concluded a 14 month conspiracy
>New York State Police Superintendent Wayne E. Bennett said, "It is
>disturbing that there are businesspeople who have decided to exploit
>illegal aliens for the sole purpose of their own financial gain.
>Compounding the issue is the fact that corporation officials also
>engaged in tactics to obtain false identifications; instructed
>illegal aliens on how to avoid detection by law enforcement
>officials; and, practiced deception with government agencies
>regarding the true identifications of the workers."
>Those arrested yesterday pursuant to the criminal complaints are:
>Robert Belvin, 43, of Clifton Park, NY, the former general manager of
>the IFCO plant in Guilderland, NY; arrested yesterday in Guilderland.
>Abelino "Lino" Chicas, 40, of Houston, TX, the assistant general
>manager of the Houston West IFCO plant in Houston, TX; arrested
>yesterday in Atlanta.
>James Rice, 36, of Houston, TX, a former IFCO new market development
>manager and regional general manager; arrested yesterday in Houston.
>William "Billy" Hoskins, 29, of Cincinnati, OH, an IFCO new market
>development manager and the general manager of the Cincinnati IFCO
>plant; arrested yesterday in Milwaukee.
>Michael Ames, 44, of Shrewsbury, MA, the general manager of the IFCO
>plant in Westborough, MA; arrested yesterday in Westborough.
>Dario Salzano, 36, of Amsterdam, NY, the assistant general manager of
>the IFCO plant in Guilderland, NY; arrested yesterday in Guilderland.
>Scott Dodge, 43, of Amsterdam, NY, a former foreman at the IFCO plant
>in Guilderland and at the IFCO satellite location within the Target
>Distribution Center in Amsterdam, NY; arrested yesterday in
>Vincente Araus-Rivera, 44, an employee at the IFCO plant in
>Guilderland, NY; arrested yesterday in Guilderland.
>Ovidio Umana, 28, an employee at the IFCO plant in Guilderland, NY;
>arrested yesterday in Guilderland.
>It is important to note that criminal complaints contain mere
>allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven
>guilty in a court of law.
>U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was established in March
>2003 as the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland
>Security. ICE is comprised of four integrated divisions that form a
>21st century law enforcement agency with broad responsibilities for a
>number of key homeland security priorities.
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