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US – Staffing Operator Pleads Guilty in Illegal Worker Case

January 24 2013

A Pennsylvania staffing firm operator pleaded guilty to a criminal count related to employing illegal immigrants, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania reported.

Rama Putra, 32, of Scranton, Penn., entered the guilty plea in federal court Wednesday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The offenses took place between January 2007 and September 2012.

Putra operated a temporary employment agency called H&Y Staffing Inc. from a Scranton address, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The agency provided dozens of illegal temporary employees to businesses in the Scranton area over the course of several years.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Putra also provided transportation for the illegal workers, paid the illegal workforce in cash and cashed checks from local businesses at check cashing services to conceal the criminal activity.

Putra faces a maximum sentence of five years. However, the judge is required to weigh a number of factors in sentencing, and the maximum possible sentence is not an accurate indicator of the length of the actual sentence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Sentencing is set for April 25.

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Alan Strong 01/24/2013 01:40 pm

What type of people were they placing? Were they domestic workers? It seems like many Indian firms bring I.T. workers in to work in the U.S. with L-1 visa's which in most cases is illegal, but are never prosecuted, is it because they have monre resources than a small domestic worker agency?


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