Back in August I did a post entitled â€œDo you know who your workers are?â€ that detailed the risk to freight companies for using illegal labor, whether it was with or without their knowledge. I linked to an article in the NY Times referencing an indictment against a labor company named Garcia Labor who supplied illegal immigrant labor to ABX Air (now part of DHL) to sort and load freight. Here is an update:
The owner of two temporary labor companies pleaded guilty Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Cincinnati to conspiring to provide hundreds of illegal immigrants to Wilmington ABX Air Inc.
As part of his plea agreement, Maximino Garcia was ordered to forfeit $12 million for proceeds he received from the crime, according to a release Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Justice.Â
The maximum penalty for the three individuals is 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. The companies face a maximum punishment of five years probation and fines of $500,000, or twice the gain that the companies received from the crime. No sentence has been set.Â
From December 1999 to January 2005, Garcia supplied to ABX Air temporary workers who, for the most part, were from Mexico and could not speak, read or write English.Â
“Virtually all of their employees were not authorized to work in the United States,” said Gregory Lockhart, U.S. Attorney for the southern district court. “The applicants presented fraudulent Resident Alien and Social Security cards.”