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Fancy SoCal Bistro Hit By I-9 ICEberg; Owner Pleads Guilty, Faces Sentencing In December

"The owner of one of San Diego’s most established dining rooms and high-end bakeries, The French Gourmet, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to the longtime practice of hiring undocumented workers." San Diego Union-Tribune, Oct. 13, 2011 . “They’re using a...

Arizona contractor pleads guilty to unlawful hiring

"A southern Arizona contractor pleaded guilty in Tucson on Friday to knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, the first case in the state in which authorities pursued criminal charges instead of just fines." - Associated Press, Oct. 28, 2011 .

Guilty plea in H-2B fraud scheme

"Voisine knowingly submitted H2B application forms containing falsifications or misrepresentations to the U.S. Department of Labor in October 2007. The forms said Santa Cruz Management would employ 306 workers from the Philippines in the housekeeping industry at hotels and motels in the...

Malecot avoids prison, takes $400K hit for illegal hires

SAN DIEGO — "A judge fined the owner of a popular restaurant and bakery nearly $400,000 Thursday for employing [unauthorized] immigrants in a rare case of federal prosecutors charging an employer with illegal hiring. Michel Malecot, 59, was spared prison time and his fines and penalties...

Guilty Plea in Massive Immigration Fraud Case

"EARL SETH DAVID, a/k/a "Rabbi Avraham David,” pled guilty today to operating a massive immigration fraud mill through his Manhattan-based law practice. ... From 1996 until early 2009, DAVID operated a Manhattan-based immigration law firm that made millions of dollars purportedly procuring...

Guilty Verdict in Human Trafficking, H-1B Visa Fraud Case

"Kizzy Kalu, age 49, of Highlands Ranch, [Colorado,] was found guilty today of 89 counts of mail fraud, visa fraud, human trafficking and money laundering by a federal jury, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announced. ... According to the indictment and evidence presented...

Colo. Ct. App. on Withdrawal of Plea: People v. Corrales-Castro

"[W]e hold that, when, as here, a defendant shows that his or her guilty plea may have serious legal consequences under federal immigration law notwithstanding its withdrawal pursuant to section 18-1.3-102(2), the defendant may challenge the constitutionality of the plea under Crim. P. 32(d)."...

La. Mushroom Farm Forfeits $1M in Harboring Guilty Plea, Post-I-9 Audit: USA v. M.D. Basciani & Sons, Inc.

After an I-9 inspection resulting in the firing of many unauthorized workers, the company rehired workers under different names and/or using false documents. DOJ July 14, 2015 press release here . Factual Basis, Case 2:15-cr-00156-JCZ-JCW Document 16 Filed 07/14/15 here .

Guilty Plea in Ohio Egg Farm Slavery Case

Two defendants plead guilty to forced labor scheme that exploited Guatemalan migrants at egg farms "A leader of a human trafficking ring pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to charges that he lured Guatemalan minors and adults into the United States on false pretenses, then used threats...

Refugee Status is a 'Special' Special Circumstance re Withdrawal of Guilty Plea: Commonwealth v. Lavrinenko

"The issue on appeal is whether a noncitizen defendant, admitted into the United States as a refugee, is entitled to withdraw his guilty plea to a complaint charging assault by means of a dangerous weapon, where his attorney did not make a reasonable inquiry regarding the defendant's citizenship...