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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Willow Grove Man Charged With Conspiracy To Commit Fraud And Misuse Of Visas

Juan Rodriguez, 36, of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, was charged today by Information[1] with one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and misuse visas and one count of fraud and misuse of visas, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. The information alleges that in or about 2012 to on or about September 2014, Rodriguez, a former Supervisor at Asplundh Tree Experts, Inc., knowingly accepted and received false identification from hired employees. This acceptance of false documentation facilitated the re-hiring of Asplundh Tree Experts, Inc. employees who were determined previously by Homeland Security Investigations to be aliens unauthorized to work in the United States.

 

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of ten years’ imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, up to three years supervised release, and a $200 special assessment.

 

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Josh A. Davison and Assistant United States Attorney L.C. Wright.

 

 

[1]An Indictment or Information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated February 15, 2017