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Man Faces Federal Charges of Employing Illegal Aliens at His Reno Business

March 4, 2010

Reno, Nev. – A man who owns an electronics manufacturing company in Reno has been indicted by the federal grand jury on six counts of encouraging illegal aliens to reside in the United States and aiding and abetting, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Hamid Ali Zaidi, 62, owner of Vital Systems Corporation in Reno, was indicted on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. Between about March 2005 and May 2009, Zaidi allegedly encouraged six illegal aliens to work at his company and therefore to reside in the United States, knowing that such residence was in violation of federal law.

Zaidi was issued a summons and is scheduled for an initial appearance and arraignment on April 13, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. before United States Magistrate Judge Valerie P. Cooke. If convicted, Zaidi faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is committed to ensuring that employers are held accountable for maintaining a legal workforce," said Gregory White, Resident Agent-in-Charge for the ICE Office of Investigations in Reno. "Employers need to understand that the integrity of their workforce and their employment records are just as important to the federal government as the integrity of their tax files or banking records. Employers who knowingly violate the law will pay a price for their decision."

The investigation is being conducted by ICE and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brian L. Sullivan.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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