For employers who need more proof that the government is cracking down on companies that hire illegal aliens, a recent announcement from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that a doughnut company based in Houston, Texas forfeited over $1.3 million to ICE for harboring illegal aliens should provide ample warning for companies not compliant with current Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9 Form) regulations.

According to a press release from ICE, Shipley Do-Nut Flour and Supply Company Inc. was sentenced to pay a criminal fine of $250,000 and forfeit $1.334 million to the government after the company – through its president – pleaded guilty to conspiring to harbor illegal aliens in September 2008.

The doughnut company’s president, two warehouse managers, and a warehouse supervisor – who all had authority to make managerial decisions for the company – also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of hiring or continuing to hire illegal aliens, and all four men were sentenced to six months probation and received fines ranging from $1,000 to $6,000, the press release reports.

To read the entire “Company Forfeits $1.3 Million To ICE For Hiring Illegal Aliens” update, please click here.

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