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July 27, 2006

Two labor companies and three individuals charged with harboring illegal alien workers and conspiring to launder $12 million

Here is an ICE News Release;

Defendants allegedly provided more than 1,000 illegal workers to national air cargo firm;

CINCINNATI – A federal grand jury here has returned a 40-count criminal indictment charging two temporary labor companies, the president of these companies and two of their corporate officers with violations related to a large-scale illegal alien employment and money laundering scheme.

The defendants named in the indictment are:
• Garcia Labor Company, Inc, a temporary labor service company incorporated in Morristown, Tennessee;
• Garcia Labor Company of Ohio, Inc, a temporary labor service company based in Wilmington, Ohio;
• Maximino Garcia, president and co-owner of the two companies;
• Dominga McCarroll, sister of Garcia and former vice president of the two companies;
• Gina Luciano, director of Human Relations for Garcia Labor Company in Tennessee

Gregory G. Lockhart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Julie L. Myers, Assistant Secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and William Cotter, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, Chicago Region, announced the indictment which was unsealed today when the defendants appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy S. Hogan.

The indictment alleges that the Garcia Labor Company Inc. and Garcia Labor Company of Ohio, Inc (together known as Garcia Labor Companies) entered into a contract in December 1999 to provide temporary workers to sort freight for ABX Air, Inc., an independent and publicly traded company that provides air cargo transportation services nationwide from its base in Ohio and 18 hubs throughout the country. As part of its contract, Garcia Labor agreed that it all workers would be in compliance with applicable laws.

According to the indictment, Garcia Labor and the other defendants instead knowingly employed illegal aliens and provided them as contract workers to ABX Air and other companies. From December 1999 until about January 2005, the defendants caused more than 1,000 illegal workers to be employed sorting freight at ABX Air, knowing that these employees were not authorized to work in this country.

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 27, 2006 07:11 AM

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