OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $265K to $89K: USA v. Two For Seven, LLC

"ICE has requested a penalty of $935 per violation, totaling $264,605 for two hundred eighty-three violations. ... ICE’s proposed fine, moreover, amounts to more than half of the company’s income for 2011, an excessive fine for a relatively small business located in an economically depressed area of western New York.  In consideration of the statutory factors and the record as a whole, the penalties for Two for Seven, LLC will be adjusted to an amount nearer to the mid-range of possibilities.  The penalties for the nineteen violations in Count I, the more serious violations, will be assessed at a rate of $500 per violation, or $9,500 for Count I.  The penalties for the two hundred sixty-four violations in Count II for failing to properly complete both parts of the form will be assessed at a rate of $300 per violation, or $79,200. The total penalty is $88,700." - USA v. Two For Seven, LLC, Jan. 24, 2014.