Saturday, September 30, 2017
A tree trimming company has been handed the largest penalty imposed in a United States immigration case, totaling $95 million, after pleading guilty to employing illegal immigrants, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Asplundh Tree Experts, Co., which trims trees and clears brush for power and gas lines across the country, hired employees who provided fake identification documents from 2010 to 2014, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia said.
The prosecutor said on Thursday that Asplundh's management were "willfully blind", while supervisors and general foremen hired illegal immigrants through word of mouth referrals.
"This decentralized model tacitly perpetuated fraudulent hiring practices that, in turn, maximized productivity and profit," it said. Read more...