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Roofing Contractor Sentenced to Six Months Prison For Harboring Aliens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A roofing contractor who worked under his own name and under the name of “Suarez Roofing” was sentenced July 17, 2012, to six months in federal prison.

Macedonio Suarez, age 43, from McKinney, Texas, received the prison term after a guilty plea on February 23, 2012, to two counts of transporting, harboring, and aiding and abetting the transporting and harboring of illegal aliens.

Suarez admitted that between about June of 2004 and September of 2011, he performed roofing labor in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area in conjunction with a larger roofing contractor in the area. Suarez would travel to Cedar Rapids from Texas and work in that area between about April through November each year before returning to Texas. Suarez recruited workers from Texas to work with him in Iowa. For purposes of sentencing, Suarez admitted he harbored between 6 and 24 undocumented alien workers. Suarez did not attempt to verify the identity of the workers or that the workers were lawfully present or authorized to work in the United States, as required. Suarez was paid more than $700,000 for roofing labor completed in 2009 and 2010 alone.

On May 6, 2011, five of Suarez’s workers were encountered while fishing without a license in Ellis Park in Cedar Rapids. It was then determined the men were not lawfully in the country.

Suarez was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade. Suarez was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, fined $5,000, and ordered to pay a special assessment of $200. He must also serve a 3-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

Suarez was released on the bond previously set and is to surrender to the United States Marshal in Fort Worth, Texas, on August 16, 2012.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Richard L. Murphy and investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is CR 11-00154.

 

 

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