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A third person was charged with fraud in a scheme involving employment of illegal workers at a Pennsylvania temporary employment agency, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania reported on Tuesday. The defendant, Eleni Nguyen, 29, of Phoenixville, Penn., faces a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with filing false documents.
Two others in the scheme have already entered guilty pleas in this case, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. They include Ethan Nguyen, owner of the agency, and Andri Gunawan, a local representative for the company.
The employment agency allegedly contracted with various businesses, including a Wilkes-Barre, Penn., manufacturing company, to provide temporary employees, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The agency would fulfill these contracts by hiring illegal aliens and paying them cash “under the table” and failing to pay various federal, state and local taxes, fees or compensation insurance. The agency operated under various names including “Express Staffing Services” and “Four Seasons Services.”
If convicted, Eleni Nguyen could be imprisoned for a maximum sentence of up to five years and a fine in the amount of $250,000, according to the U.S. Attorney Office.
Note: The "Express Staffing Services" in this article is not related to large staffing provider Express Employment Professionals.