A Texas-based construction company will pay a high price over efforts to hire illegal aliens and then cover up its illegal workforce, and its owners may end up doing hard time.
In a Monday news release, the United States Attorney's office for the Northern District of Texas said that Speed Fab Concrete has agreed to pay the federal government $3 million over the course of the next five years in relation a scheme to hire illegal alien workers.
"An inspection revealed these defendants knowingly hired dozens of unauthorized workers, in flagrant disregard of U.S. law," said U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox in a statement.
Five people, including Speed Fab's three owners and the owner of the temp agency, have already pleaded guilty to immigration charges related to the scheme, the release says.
"All three of Speed Fab Crete's officials pleaded guilty to federal charges, in connection to them knowingly hiring unauthorized workers, and attempting to deceive the government," said Ryan L. Spradlin, special agent in charge of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations office in Dallas.