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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 14, 2014

Two Charged In Bill Of Information For Unlawful Employment Of Aliens

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOHNNIE SANTANGELO, III, age 29, of Tangipahoa Parish, and OBER FARFAN BRAVO, age 34, an undocumented alien living in Tangipahoa Parish, were charged yesterday in a one-count bill of information for unlawfully employing aliens.

According to the bill of information, SANTANGELO and BRAVO knowingly and unlawfully engage in a pattern and practice of hiring aliens for employment, knowing that said aliens were unauthorized aliens to work in the United States. 

If convicted, SANTANGELO and BRAVO face a maximum term of six months incarceration and/or a fine of $3,000 for each unauthorized alien or twice the gross loss to any person.

U. S. Attorney Polite reiterated that the bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of Homeland Security Investigations in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney David Haller is in charge of the prosecution.

(Download Bill of Information )

Updated November 18, 2014