Paving firm to plead guilty to hiring people in US illegally
Posted July 10
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.