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Corporation sentenced for harboring illegal aliens for
financial gain



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2011
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FAYETTEVILLE - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas and Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New Orleans, announced today that All Around Landscaping, Incorporated (AAL), of Fayetteville, Arkansas, was sentenced today to three (3) years probation for Harboring Illegal Aliens for Financial Gain, in violation of Title 8 U.S.C. §§ 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) and 1324(a)(1)(B)(i). Chief United States District Judge Jimm Larry Hendren fined the Corporation $40,000.

On April 21, 2010 the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Resident Agent in Charge located in Fayetteville, Arkansas initiated an investigation of All Around Landscaping, Incorporated (AAL) for knowingly hiring illegal aliens. During the course of the investigation six illegal alien employees (three Mexican Nationals and three El Salvadoran Nationals) were arrested and cultivated into witnesses against the company. The company was found to employ approximately 125 employees of whom investigative efforts revealed 38% were living and working in the United States in violation of Immigration law. These employees had either presented AAL with fraudulent documents or were using another individual’s Social Security Card. One of these illegal alien employees was identified as the company’s Human Resources Manager.

On October 22, 2010, as part of a negotiated agreement AAL entered a plea of guilty to a one count felony information filed in the Western District of Arkansas charging the company with a violation of Title 8 U.S.C. §§ 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) and 1324(a)(1)(B)(i) (Harboring Illegal Aliens for Financial Gain).
AAL further agreed as part of this plea agreement to forfeit to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 982(a)(6)(A) one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) in United States Currency in the form of a money judgment to represent property that constitutes, or is derived from, or is traceable to the proceeds obtained directly or indirectly from the commission of the violation Title 8 U.S.C.§§ 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) and 1324(a)(1)(B)(i). AAL agreed that the $100,000.00 in United States Currency represents property that constitutes, or is derived from, or is traceable to the proceeds obtained directly or indirectly from the commission of the offense of conviction.
On July 11, 2011 AAL also forfeited to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) $50,000.00, with the remaining $50,000.00 to be collected by the DHS prior to the end of its period of supervision.

This is case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with the assistance of 287(g) Task Force Officers. These officers were from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Springdale Police Department and the Rogers Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle E. Waters.

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