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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


MATT J. WHITWORTH


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OWNER OF BOLIVAR ROOFING COMPANY PLEADS GUILTY

TO HIRING ILLEGAL ALIENS


WILL PAY $185,000 FORFEITURE PLUS $36,000 FINE


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Matt J. Whitworth, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that the owner of a Bolivar, Mo., roofing company pleaded guilty in federal court to hiring illegal aliens.


            Russell D. Taylor, 31, of Bolivar, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England on Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, to the charge contained in a federal information. Taylor did business as Taylor-Made Roofing, also known as Taylor-Made Contractors.


            Taylor admitted that, from August 2006 through April 2008, he hired, contracted and sub-contracted for hire to obtain the labor of illegal aliens.


            By pleading guilty, Taylor also agreed to forfeit to the government $185,363, which represents the amount of proceeds obtained as a result of the offense. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the government and Taylor agree that a fine of $36,000 is appropriate, representing a $3,000 fine for each of the 12 illegal aliens who worked under the supervision of Juan Pacheco-Herrera. Pacheco-Herrera has pleaded guilty, in a separate but related case, to harboring illegal aliens.


            The government and the defendant also agree that a sentence of five years of probation is a reasonable and just sentence in this case. As a condition of probation, Taylor must implement an employment compliance plan and must pay the $185,363 money judgment in monthly installments in the first 30 months of probation. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robyn L. McKee. It was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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