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Former Crew Leader Sentenced
For Harboring Undocumented Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Oct. 28, 2013

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A former crew leader has been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to harboring undocumented workers who were employees of a framing company in Spring Hill, Kan., U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today. He will be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation.


Edino Pacheco, also known as Dennis Erickson Portillo, 30, has been in custody since he was arrested April 1. In his plea, he admitted that owners and managers of Advantage Framing Systems, Inc., in Spring Hill, Kan., knowingly employed undocumented workers. Advantage devised a method to reimburse undocumented workers by making crew leaders responsible to pay undocumented workers in their crews. Pacheco served as a crew leader and cashed checks issued to him from Advantage Framing to pay crew members for their framing work.


Advantage Framing issued checks to more than 32 crews for compensation for framing work. During the conspiracy, the total amount of checks written to various framing crews was approximately $4.6 million.
Co-defendants include:


James Humbert, owner of Advantage Framing, who pleaded guilty and is set for sentencing Jan. 17.
Kimberly Humbert, co-owner of Advantage Framing, who pleaded guilty and is set for sentencing Jan. 17.
Charles Stevens II, co-owner of Advantage Framing, who pleaded guilty and is set for sentencing Dec. 3.
Jose Ramon Caro-Corral, a crew leader, who is awaiting trial.
Angel Arguello-Plata, a crew leader, who pleaded guilty, and is awaiting sentencing.
Jorge Uriel Delgado-Ovalle, a crew leader, who is awaiting trial.


Grissom commended the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement?s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Internal Revenue Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble for their work on the case.

 

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