ICE Investigation Leads to $145,000 in Fines and Criminal Charges for St. Louis Employer

As a result of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation, a St. Louis landscaping business and owner, Robert Brake, were sentenced to two years of probation, and paid $145,000 in forfeitures, for misdemeanor and felony charges of employing illegal aliens and conspiracy to commit visa fraud.  Between March 2007 and February 2010, Brake Landscaping illegally sub-contracted H-2B workers to an associate on a weekly basis at a profit of more than $2 per hour per alien. To facilitate illegally employing temporary H–2B visa workers throughout the year, Brake Landscaping employees were hired by another company owned by Robert Brake, Brake Snow and Ice Removal, which artificially created a need for temporary or seasonal workers that didn’t actually exist.

ICE News Release

Contact Mary Ellen Reihsen of Foley & Mansfield’s immigration group for additional information or assistance – mreihsen@foleymansfield.com.

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