Landscapers’ illegal workers trial rescheduled

RIDGELAND — A federal trial for a landscaping business that allegedly used illegal immigrant workers has been moved to April 2.

The Clarion-Ledger reports the jury trial was scheduled for today in U.S. District Court in Jackson, but attorneys for Love Irrigation said they need time to prepare.

U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate approved the defense’s motion, granting 45 more days.

Paul and Barbara Love of Ridgeland are accused of using illegal workers from 2003 through 2010. They were arraigned in November on a multi-count indictment and released on a $10,000 bond each.

If convicted, Paul Love faces up to 30 years and a $1.25 million fine, and Barbara Love faces a maximum 40 years, a $1.5 million fine and five years’ probation.

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