Skip to comments.Asplundh Tree Execs Charged With Running Undocumented Workers Scheme
Posted on 02/15/2017 3:11:43 PM PST by 11th_VA
Willow Grove-based Asplundh Tree Expert Co. is huge, privately owned corporation with more than 36,000 employees and estimated annual sales of $3.5 billion, according to Forbes, which counts it as one of Americas largest private companies. But now, Asplundh finds itself the recipient of some very unwelcome attention thanks to charges just filed in federal court.
An Asplundh vice president, Larry Gauger, 45, of Wayne, has been charged with visa fraud and conspiracy relating to his work at the company. Two other Asplundh managers have been charged as well, according to the Department of Justice, but their names have yet to be released.
According to a charging document filed in federal court in Philadelphia on Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security audited Asplundhs employment records and determined that some of its workers were ineligible to work in the United States. The employees were fired.
Homeland Security determined that approximately 100 of those employees had been working in a division managed by Gauger. The feds allege that Gauger instructed his teams supervisors and foremen to accept working credentials that they knew to be fraudulent and illegally obtained.
Gauger is also accused of directing his managers to rehire under false identification employees who had been fired as a result of the Homeland Security audit. Investigators point to two specific instances involving undocumented immigrants who presented bogus Social Security cards. The charges allege that Gauger knew that the Social Security cards were forged, counterfeited, altered, falsely made, or otherwise procured by fraud.
Huge company. Has the tree trimming contract for a number of utilities here in SE Michigan. They hit a clump of grape vine on my neighbors property last time they were here. Creative swearing!
This is huge, it will spread the word to other companies that they cannot be hiring illegals. Once we take the bird feeder away, the birds will no longer be flocking here.
No, say it ain’t so!
When the crews speak absolutely not a single lick of English or frontier gibberish, there’s a problem.
I hope you’re right. It is interesting DHS did the employee audit
Put the executives in jail, deport the illegals & all this crap will stop - almost as good as building the wall.
They should look at S&N Communications, contractor for Verizon. They had a crew of Guatemalans dig up my yard putting their Fios fiber optic in.
I know they were Guatemalans because I went out and asked them.
They should also look at Caltrans.
Agreed and dont stop here. GO to all the meat and chicken processing plants in the USA and do ICE raids and pull their records—run immediate verifications on the SS #s they have on file —when they are found to be fraudulent: arrest the illegals AND the company Managers-ALL of them and padlock the door. That will send a BIG and immediate message.
They can ONLY reopen if they immediately place ads and allow ICE Agents to determine each applicant’s eligibility and oversee the hiring process.
Now we will see if illegals do work citizens wont do.
They have contracts with many government bodies, federal, state and local, and with many businesses that by law cant do business with them now.
So we shall see if Citizens emerge to do this work. Or other immigrants snap it up.
When Satyam IT consulting firm was convicted and lost all of its business in the space of 2 months, did any citizen owned or citizen consultant oriented firm seize the opportunity?
No. No American cosulting firm even tried to get the business. Tata, Infosys and other immigrant firms saw the opportunity and grabbed it.
Sounds like a certain midstate “dead Christmas tree” merchant.
Burn him. Better yet throw the bastard into a wood chipper feet first.
I have a small construction company. It will stay small because I cannot find anyone who wants to work. It is the same with anyone I talk to who is in the biz.
Offer more money, you get what you pay for. Or go out of business.
Now if they can only do it in the South and Southeast.
Like the other comments..vigorously prosecuting the employers hiring illegals will facilitate the self-deportations.
“”””Offer more money, you get what you pay for. Or go out of business.””””
I take it you have no experience hiring people for outside work.
These practices are rampant. The O/T trick I’m familiar with was when one person worked for one dba for hours 1-8 with credentials A, then he would work any subsequent hours for same owner/different dba with credentials B. Quite a devil’s bargain. If you’ve ever noticed the concrete layouts on the X games and street league broadcast, you’ll know who I’m talking about. Those guys are great concrete finishers, though ...
I hire all the time people to work for me. Where do you live and how much are you offering? Can’t find Americans to work is code talk of the globalist hack.
Try Choboni yogurt...bet there are some illegals there
Asplundh employees should go to jail for crimes against nature they’re absolute careless butchers who don’t give a fnck what homeowners think or what damage they do...
“”””I hire all the time people to work for me. Where do you live and how much are you offering? Cant find Americans to work is code talk of the globalist hack.”””””
You hire people to do what kind of work?
I asked you a question first. Please answer.
I am surprised. If the Asplundh family is involved personally, I would be shocked. They are quite conservative. Sounds like a rogue VP and some managers doing their own thing. My father in law was a VP in Iowa for many years. He has since passed on. He would be rolling over in his grave. Of course, that’s been years ago.....so who knows anymore. It’s probably not the company it used to be.
So you don’t hire people for outside work. I understand why you avoided the question.
Some states are reinstituting the welfare work requirements for able-bodied. But a lot aren’t, even though official employment numbers are excellent. Who wants to work when they can get half as much for doing nothing (above the table anyway)?
Skilled construction workers will stay scarce though.
Any luck inquiring at high/vocational schools for help?
You’re the one complaining you can’t find anyone. So you offering to pay minimum wage? LOL. What a joke. I wouldn’t hire you to change light bulb. I really don’t think you have a business.
Crimes against nature? Lol. Their job is to clear utility lines, not trim your tree to make it look purty. If you want that, hire someone to trim your tree yourself so it’s not interfering with a utility line. Or don’t plant a tree near a line in the first place.
Last fall I talked to a foreman of a company who does excavating. They have 500 employees and are a union shop.
They try job fairs, offer free training, anything they can. Too many people just don’t want to leave the couch.
Many people can’t pass a drug test, can’t get a drivers license etc.
Shelter guy is one of those guys who can’t find any to work for minimum wage so he goes to Home Depot and picks up Paco Sanchez and pays him under the table.
“”””Youre the one complaining you cant find anyone. So you offering to pay minimum wage? LOL. What a joke. I wouldnt hire you to change light bulb. I really dont think you have a business.””””””
Insults are the sign of a weak mind.
I do mostly contracting on government projects. Most have Davis Bacon requirements. The LOWEST I can pay a laborer is 49 bucks an hour.
No. No American cosulting firm even tried to get the business. Tata, Infosys and other immigrant firms saw the opportunity and grabbed it.>>>. i’ll bet they knew they would not be able to bid below tata.
Demand is going to be higher than supply for a good while- 10 years of labor supply has been destroyed by the Democrats.
Say, is there a liberal arts college nearby? Might be some healthy arts majors graduates looking to ‘live like the people’- or just pay their bills.
You obviously have no idea what the construction business is like. Stay at the Burger King, it is safer.
Asplund contracts with governent entities so they most likely need to pay prevailing wage rates.
Was that B.T. or A.T.?
(Before Trump or After Trump)
I use temporary field help sometimes for geology work. Their are a few local colleges that have kids, but they are ususaly just for the summer. But then they sometimes know someone, etc. But it can be tough finding guys for such part-time work. And they don’t need any particular skills other than to show up and work hard and long days. I only had one guy that was a waste. He started out okay, but after using him off and on for about three years he turned into crap (late, lazy, etc.). Drugs.
I’m guessing for construction it is getting difficult because the industry seems to have been taken over by Mexicans. Although most of the ones I’ve seen working are hard workers. But I have no idea if they were legal or not. But - seeing a young white guy in construction is getting rarer and rarer.
Bout time. They do a lot of contracts for the state in PA, and it is ALWAYS all Hispanic crews who look very “native” and speak no English. They seem nice enough, and hard working, but I have always wondered where they come from, and if they are legal or on some sort of special visa program.
Shelterguy pays $49.00 an hour and says he can’t find anyone. LOL.
At 49 bucks an hour you would have more applicants than you could talk to in a month if you were in Ga. And I am well versed in outside work, it is all I have ever done.
$75/day is starting construction pay for a newbe/board toter and ditch digger. 100 a day gets someone with some mechanical,electrical, or carpentry skill. These are all US citizens, no illegals.
We’re getting back to ten years ago or so when there were several high-profile cases of exec’s getting prison time for encouraging the hiring of illegal aliens.
Construction sites I have been in average 10 hours a day this time of year, longer in summer.
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