richmond based corporation sentenced for harboring illegal aliens, forfeits $1.2 million
RICHMOND, Va. – Bao Ping Wang, 44, and Trang “Tammy” Lu, 45, both of Glen Allen, Va., were sentenced today by United States District Judge Henry E. Hudson to 18 months imprisonment and two years probation, respectively, for their roles in a scheme to hire and harbor illegal aliens. Wang and Lu were also ordered to pay a fine of $4000 and $5000, respectively. Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; John P. Torres, Special Agent in Charge for ICE, Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Washington, D.C.; Rebecca A. Sparkman, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation’s Washington, D.C., Field Office; and Col. H.W. Stanley Jr., Chief of Police for the Henrico County Division of Police, announced the sentencings.
On September 13, 2010, Wang pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens and Lu pled to misprision of a felony. Hi-Tech Trucking, Inc., a commercial trucking entity established by Wang and Lu for the delivery operations of SeaLands Food, another business operated by Wang and Lu for the distribution of seafood to Asian restaurants and markets throughout the mid-Atlantic region, was sentenced to three years probation for conspiring to harbor illegal aliens.
In the plea agreements, Hi-Tech Trucking, Inc. agreed to forfeit $1,225,428 in illegal proceeds gained as a result of the offense and to pay a $100,000 fine. Wang agreed to deportation from the United States after service of his sentence. Lu agreed that she will comply with programs created by the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration to screen all employees for determining workforce eligibility.
According to court documents, Wang and Lu both managed Hi-Tech Trucking, Inc., and SeaLands Food. From 2006 through 2009, Wang employed a workforce at these companies consisting of both legal and illegal aliens, with Lu’s knowledge or reckless disregard of the fact that a number of their employees were illegally present in the country and illegally working without proper authorization. Federal investigators determined that Wang, with Lu’s knowledge, harbored and employed between 6 to 24 illegal aliens at these companies at any point in time from 2006 through 2009. Wang and Lu provided housing and meals for the illegal alien employees at three residences that they owned in Richmond, Virginia. Bank records for Hi-Tech Trucking, Inc. accounts from 2006 through 2009 establish that withdrawals from these accounts were used for payments for rental properties for employees and utilities for the three residential properties at which employees were housed, as well as payments to employees, including illegal aliens.
This case was investigated by agents of ICE HSI in Washington, D.C., the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, and the Henrico Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth C. Wu prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.