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Paving firm to plead guilty to hiring people in US illegally

Posted July 10

WRAL News

— A Burlington company has agreed to pay a $1.5 million penalty for hiring people who aren't authorized to work in the U.S., according to federal court documents filed Tuesday.

Triangle Grading & Paving Inc. has agreed to plead guilty to violating federal law by "hiring, recruiting and continuing to employ aliens unauthorized to be employed in the United States." The violation carries a penalty of up to five years on probation and either a $10,000 fine or a fine of up to $3,000 for each unauthorized worker.

Court documents filed last week state that the company hired illegal workers from October 2011 through March 2012. No details about the number of workers were included in the documents.

The $1.5 million payment represents the company's profits from hiring the illegal workers, according to documents. Triangle Grading agreed to forfeit the money in exchange for the Department of Homeland Security not pursuing any civil penalties against the company, although the deal doesn't preclude the government from blocking the firm from bidding on government contracts.

The company also must hire an auditor to check its compliance with federal laws in hiring workers over the next two years, according to court documents.

The state Department of Labor fined Triangle Grading $16,000 in 2011 after two Latino workers suffocated in a Durham manhole.

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  • readme Jul 10, 7:23 p.m.

    If only the government would do something to help us employers actually combat this, then take action against the people trying to work, then we might have a system that works. Of course, it's just a matter of time before these illegals realize the don't have to work that hard. Working hard for minimum wage just reflects lack of innovation for getting the government to pay your way in life.

  • Jump1 Jul 10, 6:59 p.m.

    What VERYFRUSTRATED1 said is so true. The gov. most likely took the individuals gave them a home, food stamp, and other things and told them not to worry they could stay here.

  • jeffjohnson123 Jul 10, 5:30 p.m.

    Yeah, this is justice -sarcasm off- Civil penalties should be levied to help deter them or other business from doing this again. Just returning the profit for a 6 month period is a slap on the wrist.

  • 37 Jul 10, 4:44 p.m.

    I didn't think the federal government had a problem with this anymore.

  • veryfrustrated1 Jul 10, 4:40 p.m.

    Yet another example of the height of hypocrisy. We do not prosecute or deport these illegal immigrants. They get a free pass and free get out of jail card. But we prosecute American Citizens who hire them. I have these illegals apply for jobs with obviously false documents every day and send them walking for just this very reason!!!!!!!

  • angieb Jul 10, 4:38 p.m.

    That's a start!