A roof contractor residing in central Illinois has been given a three-year jail term for visa fraud as well as hosting and employing illegal immigrants.
On Thursday, February 7, U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough gave the owner of Gire Roofing Inc. of Champaign – Edwin J. Gire, 47 the three-year sentence in federal prison. He is also to pay a fine of $30,000 and will be watched continuously for two years following his time behind bars.
A three-year probation term as well as fine of $250,000 was given to Gire Roofing’s parent company – Grayson Enterprises Inc.
Employment of Aliens and Visa Fraud
Four counts relating to visa fraud and three counts of hosting illegal aliens were charged against both Gire and Grayson Enterprises in January 2018 and were duly convicted following a trial.
On Thursday, Gire and Grayson Enterprises were said to have obstructed justice in the course of the trial by being involved in perjury as well as giving the court false information. From 2011 to 2014, the visa fraud scheme led to over a hundred H-2B worker visas being issued to Gire Roofing.
Gire provided fake roofing contracts in order to get the visas. Documents of contracts customers never agreed to do with the firm were provided with the signature of such customers or their reps according to a release.
Gire was also found guilty of allowing illegal aliens to stay in one of the firm’s buildings which the court said is an attempt by the firm to get the immigrants to work for it despite at reward below what is obtainable in the environment. The accommodation was also to help hide such aliens from the government.
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