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Dubuque Contractor Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Harbor Illegal Alien Workers, And Agrees To Forfeit Assets

April 30, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

Thomas Kehoe, age 54, from Dubuque, Iowa, pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to transport, harbor, and encourage and induce illegal aliens to reside in the United States in violation of law. The charges are contained in an Information filed April 20, 2012, in United States District Court in Cedar Rapids.

The Information alleges that, between the fall of 2009 and June of 2011, Kehoe conspired with others to recruit and hire illegal alien construction workers to perform roofing work for Kehoe’s construction company, Always On Time Construction, of Dubuque, Iowa. As detailed in the Information and in the plea agreement filed today, Kehoe encouraged an illegal alien worker from El Salvador to recruit workers to work for Kehoe’s construction company. Kehoe hired as many as twenty illegal alien workers during the period alleged in the Information.

Kehoe faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the amount of the gross gain from the illegal conduct, a $100 special assessment, and up to 3 years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

As part of an agreement reached with the government, Kehoe will also forfeit assets used in the commission of the offense, as well as proceeds, or property traceable to proceeds, of the illegal activity, including the following: more than $140,000; a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport; a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle; a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado; a 2006 Haul Mark trailer; a laptop computer; and a .22 caliber rifle.

Kehoe was released on bond after appearing today in federal court in Cedar Rapids. A sentencing date will be scheduled after a pre-sentence investigation report has been prepared.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard L. Murphy and was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department.

Court file information is available at The case file number is 12-1010.



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