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Contractor in Idaho Charged With Employing Unauthorized Workers

A Magic Valley home builder in Idaho pleaded guilty to federal charges of employing undocumented workers, following an investigation by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Stacy Clark Miller, 39, of Jerome, Idaho, owned a construction company that built houses in Twin Falls, Idaho. According to court documents, Miller admitted that, for a 17-month period, starting in November 2008, he employed three Mexican nationals who performed various tasks for his company including framing, dry walling and roofing.

Miller acknowledges that he knew the immigrants were unauthorized workers, yet he continued to employ them. He also admits to willfully failing to comply with federal employment requirements.

“The integrity of company’s employment records is just as important to the federal government as the integrity of a businesses tax files or banking records,” said Leigh Winchell, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Seattle. “We will continue to focus our worksite enforcement strategy on employers to encourage compliance with federal hiring laws.”

This charge carries a maximum prison sentence of six months, supervised release of up to one year, a fine of up to $9,000, and a maximum term of five years probation. Sentencing is scheduled for December 7.

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