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Wash. Herb Grower Fined $1M for Knowingly Hiring Unauthorized Workers; Company Hired and Concealed Workers During I-9 Audit

May 03, 2012 (1 min read)

"A Washington-based supplier of fresh organic herbs to nearly 2,700 grocers was sentenced Tuesday to $1 million in criminal fines and probation for hiring [unauthorized] aliens...'In the midst of an I-9 administrative audit, HerbCo hired and concealed unauthorized workers,' said Brad Bench, acting special agent in charge for HSI Seattle. 'It was a brazen move that compelled us to initiate a criminal investigation.'" - ICE, May 1, 2012.