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OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $35K to $18K: USA v. Safe-Air of Illinois

USA v. Safe-Air of Illinois, Mar. 11, 2016 - "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE or the government) filed a complaint in three counts with the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) on January 14, 2015, alleging that Safe-Air of...

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $16K to $10.5K - USA v. Frio County Partners, Inc.

USA v. Frio County Partners, Inc., Apr. 22, 2016 - "ICE charged FCP with failing to ensure proper completion of section 1 of the Employee Eligibility Verification Form I-9 and/or failing to properly complete section 2 or section 3 of the Form I-9 for eighteen employees. ICE assessed a total penalty...

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $305.5K to $209.6K - Golden Employment II

Golden Employment II, May 4, 2016 - "On April 1, 2016, a partial summary decision was entered in the matter finding that Golden Employment Group, Inc. (Golden Employment or the company) was liable for 465 violations of the employment eligibility verification provisions of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(b...

2015 OCAHO Decisions re I-9 Penalties - Bruce E. Buchanan

Bruce E. Buchanan, May 3, 2016 - "An analysis of the ... numbers demonstrates OCAHO lowered ICE’s proposed penalties on average by 32.8%. ICE sought $1,877,796 while OCAHO ordered $1,200,772. These reductions were substantially less than in 2014 and 2013, when the reductions were 35.25% and...

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $36K to $14.5K - USA v. Cawoods Produce

USA v. Cawoods Produce - "” ICE assessed a total fine of $36,465 for all three Counts. ... ICE is not entitled to summary decision as to its penalty assessment. Pursuant to well-established OCAHO case law, all of Cawoods’ substantive violations are considered serious and should aggravate...

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $38K to $18K - USA v. East Coast Foods

USA v. East Coast Foods, June 21, 2016 - "The government met its burden of proving that East Coast Foods, Inc., is liable for thirty-six violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B). The company is therefore directed to pay civil money penalties in the total amount of $18,350."

OCAHO I-9 Fine Activity (Oct. 20, 21, 26, 2016)

USA v. Solutions Group, 12 OCAHO no. 1288, Oct. 20, 2016 - "The government met its burden of proving that Solutions Group International, LLC, is liable for eighty four violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B). Respondent is directed to pay civil money penalties in the total amount of $56,150...

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $11K to $2,700 - USA v. Ideal Transportation

USA v. Ideal Transportation, Nov. 17, 2016 - "I find that in the exercise of discretion, the proposed penalty in this case should be reduced to $200 for each of the nine violations involving an employee with a TWIC Card, and $300 for each of the three violations involving an employee without a TWIC...

OCAHO on Corporate Succession Liability: USA v. Spectrum

USA v. Spectrum Technical Staffing Services, Inc. and Personnel Plus, Inc., 12 OCAHO no. 1291 (Nov. 29, 2016) - "This is an action pursuant to the employer sanctions provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), 8 U...

EOIR Adds New OCAHO Judge

EOIR, Dec. 2, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced the appointment of James McHenry as an administrative law judge (ALJ) in EOIR’s Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), effective Nov. 14, 2016."

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $89K to $36K - USA v. International Packaging

OCAHO, Dec. 6, 2016 - "[T]he government proposed a total civil monetary penalty of $88,825.00 for the ninety-five violations alleged in the complaint. ... I find that in the exercise of discretion, the proposed penalty in this case should be reduced to $500 for each of the twenty-one violations...

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $96K to $59K - USA v. Pegasus Family Restaurant

OCAHO, Dec. 29, 2016 - "The parties’ Joint Motion Stipulating to Liability is GRANTED. The violations alleged against Themis Koutsandreas and Jabbar Saif in Count I of the complaint and against Robert Bengert and Steven Lawrence in Count II of the complaint are dismissed. Pegasus is found...

OCAHO on Stay Authority - Frimmel V (12 OCAHO no. 1271d, Jan. 25, 2017)

USA v. Frimmel Mgmt. LLC, Jan. 25, 2017 - "[S]everal considerations point toward the conclusion that OCAHO does possess authority to administratively stay enforcement of a final order it issued pending judicial review."

Brooklyn Scaffolding Firm Fined $151K for I-9 Violations: USA v. Metropolitan Enterprises, Inc.

USA v. Metropolitan Enterprises, Inc., 12 OCAHO no. 1297, Mar. 10, 2017 - "ICE’s Motion for Summary Decision is GRANTED, IN PART. Metropolitan Enterprises, Inc. is liable for 189 violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B) and is directed to pay civil penalties in the total amount of $151...

OCAHO Cuts I-9 Penalty from $367K to $276K - Alpine Staffing, Inc.

USA v. Alpine Staffing, Inc. - "After considering the totality of evidence, the arguments of the parties, and the relevant factors to be considered in penalty assessments, the undersigned finds that the penalties proposed by ICE are somewhat disproportionate for some of the violations. Consequently...