Posts Tagged ‘illegal immigrants’

Jury indicts 12 in alleged fake ID scheme

HATTIESBURG — A federal grand jury has issued a second indictment for 12 people charged in an alleged scheme to make fake Social Security cards, driver’s licenses and state identification cards for illegal immigrants. Court records detailed a sophisticated operation in which names and pictures were allegedly sent by cell phones and then used for […] [...]

Local workers suing Howard Industries for hiring illegals

LAUREL — A Mississippi company that pleaded guilty to conspiracy related to the nation’s largest workplace raid on illegal immigrants is now facing a second lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against non-immigrants who applied for jobs. In February, a discrimination lawsuit was filed in federal court against Howard Industries on behalf of four black women […] [...]

Illegal immigrant to plead guilty to fake ID charges

HATTIESBURG — An illegal immigrant from Mexico plans to plead guilty to participating in a group that allegedly created and distributed fake identification documents, according to federal court records in Mississippi. Pastor Quihua-Gonzalez is one of 11 people charged in an alleged scheme to make fake Social Security cards, driver’s licenses and state identification cards. […] [...]

Coast businessman to forfeit $475,000 for hiring illegals

BILOXI — A Biloxi businessman who hired illegal immigrants for government construction jobs has been ordered to forfeit $475,000, which his attorney said is a rough average of his net income over a number of years. The Sun Herald reports Randall Weitzel, CEO of Artisan Textures, was sentenced Wednesday to a six-month prison term followed […] [...]

Senate lawmakers approve immigration bill

JACKSON — A Senate committee yesterday cleared a bill — similar to one in Arizona — that would allow police officers who stop people for violations such as speeding or a broken tail light to check their immigration status if there’s reasonable suspicion they are here illegally. But at least one state lawmaker, Sen. Kelvin […] [...]

Investigation of illegal workers on Coast widens

by Published: December 10,2010

Tags: construction, illegal immigrants, immigration

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Prosecutors say the federal case accusing Gulf Coast men of hiring illegal immigrants for a government project is tied to similar violations six years ago, and that a Biloxi business was involved and later began using shell companies to hide the hiring practice. After a lawyer for one of three businessmen […] [...]

Coast men charged with using illegal workers

BILOXI — Three men have been indicted on charges of conspiring to use undocumented immigrants for construction work at Keesler Air Force Base. Federal court documents identify them as Randall Jacob Weitzel and two of his employees, Edwood S. Brodtmann and Agustin Arcadia. The indictment says Weitzel was operating Biloxi-based businesses known as Artisan Textures […] [...]

Illegal immigrants putting strain on law enforcement

by Published: September 29,2010

Tags: illegal immigrants, law enforcement

JACKSON — A Mississippi sheriff told state lawmakers yesterday his deputies take illegal immigrants into custody on a nearly hourly basis, and the booking process has burdened his department. Madison County Sheriff Toby Trowbridge told a Senate panel it’s difficult to keep track of illegal immigrants because they don’t have identification and they may use […] [...]

Gonzalez to be sentenced for hiring illegal immigrants

HATTIESBURG — Sentencing has been scheduled for July 30 for a man who hired hundreds of illegal immigrants for one of Mississippi’s most successful private companies — the site of the nation’s biggest workplace raid. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained about 600 illegal immigrants at Howard Industries’ electrical transformer plant in Laurel in […] [...]

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