Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Two Men Charged For Hiring Illegal Workers for Chicago Area Temporary Staffing Companies

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 5, 2010

Chicago - A worksite enforcement investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) resulted with two men charged on April 26, for hiring dozens of illegal workers through two temporary staffing companies. Clinton Roy Perkins, 65, of Wayne, IL and Christopher J. Reindi, 40, of St. Charles, IL were charged with one count count of unlawfully hiring illegal aliens between Oct. 2006 - Oct. 2007.
Perkins the president and Reindi the manager of both Anna II Inc. and Can Do It Inc., located 801 Golf Lane in Bensenville provided illegal workers with bogus six digit Social Security numbers including the last four numbers to indicate they were working legally in the U.S. The defendants failed to require documents of proof from workers to show they could legally work in the country.
The temporary staffing agencies provided illegal workers to warehouses throughout the Chicago area. The workers performed janitorial services, loaded and unloaded freight packages and merchandise, and installed and removed structures inside warehouses.
Federal investigators discovered, both Perkins and Reindi repeatedly withdrew funds from bank accounts in the amounts of $9,800 to pay employees' wages in cash. They believed by withdrawing less than $10,000, they would avoid triggering the banks' currency transaction reporting requirements.
The defendants paid in cash for work done by its employees and failed to deduct payroll taxes, or other witholdings, according to the criminal complaint filed in the Northern District Court of Illinois. The charges seek from Perkins a forfeiture of $488.095, which has been seized from various bank accounts and from the Bensenville offices. 
In 2007, 23 illegal workers were arrested in the Joliet area connected to both staffing agencies operated by Perkins. 16 men and 7 women were taken into custody by ICE.
ICE was assisted in the investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General in Chicago. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher R. McFadden and Daniel May, Northern District of Illinois are prosecuting the case, according to a press release from ICE.
If convicted, unlawfully hiring illegal aliens carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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