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Employer Agrees To Forfeit $1.2 Million And Pay Fine For Conspiring To Harbor Illegal Aliens

Published by on September 16, 2010

Hi-Tech Trucking, Inc., a seafood delivery business based in Richmond, Virginia, has pled guilty to conspiring to harbor illegal aliens.  As part of the plea agreement, Hi-Tech Trucking agreed to forfeit $1.2 million in illegal proceeds gained as a result of the offense and to pay a $100,000 fine.  Hi-Tech Trucking’s operators, Bao Ping Wang and […]

Hi-Tech Trucking, Inc., a seafood delivery business based in Richmond, Virginia, has pled guilty to conspiring to harbor illegal aliens.  As part of the plea agreement, Hi-Tech Trucking agreed to forfeit $1.2 million in illegal proceeds gained as a result of the offense and to pay a $100,000 fine.  Hi-Tech Trucking’s operators, Bao Ping Wang and Trang Lu, face maximum prison sentences of five and three years, respectively.  More after the break.

According to a press release by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, Hi-Tech Trucking employed a workforce of both legal and illegal aliens from 2006 to 2009.  Federal investigators determined that Wang harbored and employed between six to 24 illegal aliens with Lu’s knowledge.  Wang and Lu also allegedly provided housing and meals for the illegal alien employees at three residences in Richmond, Virginia that were financed by Hi-Tech Trucking. 

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said, “We are committed to holding accountable employers who profit from illegal labor and have an unfair advantage over businesses that operate within the law.”

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