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Asplundh Tree Execs Charged With Running Undocumented Workers Scheme
Phillymag.com ^ | Feb 15, 2017 | Victor Fiorillo

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 America’s 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 Asplundh’s 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 team’s 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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: aliens; asplundh; bordersecurity; dhs; illegals
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Not surprised ....
1 posted on 02/15/2017 3:11:43 PM PST by 11th_VA
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To: 11th_VA

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!

CC


2 posted on 02/15/2017 3:16:28 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (CC: purveyor of cryptic, snarky posts since December, 2000..)
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To: 11th_VA

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.


3 posted on 02/15/2017 3:16:42 PM PST by bigtoona (Make America Great Again! America First! Th)
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To: 11th_VA

No, say it ain’t so!
/ sarc

When the crews speak absolutely not a single lick of English or frontier gibberish, there’s a problem.


4 posted on 02/15/2017 3:18:16 PM PST by Darksheare (Those who support liberal "Republicans" summarily support every action by same.)
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To: bigtoona

I hope you’re right. It is interesting DHS did the employee audit


5 posted on 02/15/2017 3:18:51 PM PST by 11th_VA (#notmyappealscourt)
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To: 11th_VA

Put the executives in jail, deport the illegals & all this crap will stop - almost as good as building the wall.


6 posted on 02/15/2017 3:22:49 PM PST by gubamyster
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To: 11th_VA

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.


7 posted on 02/15/2017 3:25:31 PM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here Of Citizen Parents - Know Islam, No Peace -No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Lurkinanloomin

They should also look at Caltrans.


8 posted on 02/15/2017 3:26:22 PM PST by cabojoe
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To: gubamyster
I highly suspect this to be true. There were tons of Hispanic workers working around here after a major wind storm, all who were working for Asplundh. Most could not read or understand English. My friend owned a bar/restaurant and these workers would come in for lunch, couldn't read the menu so friend and I both read it for them.
9 posted on 02/15/2017 3:27:35 PM PST by DaveA37
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To: 11th_VA
Used to see their trucks all the time here in northern NJ, and then one day a couple of months ago they disappeared and replaced by similar trucks with a different name.

ML/NJ

10 posted on 02/15/2017 3:27:46 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: gubamyster

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.


11 posted on 02/15/2017 3:28:10 PM PST by AtlantaBelle
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To: 11th_VA

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.


12 posted on 02/15/2017 3:29:57 PM PST by spintreebob
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To: carriage_hill

Sounds like a certain midstate “dead Christmas tree” merchant.


13 posted on 02/15/2017 3:33:06 PM PST by lightman (Trump = The Twenty-first century's Teddy Roosevelt!)
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To: 11th_VA

Burn him. Better yet throw the bastard into a wood chipper feet first.


14 posted on 02/15/2017 3:33:42 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: spintreebob

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.


15 posted on 02/15/2017 3:35:36 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: lightman

+1. LOL!


16 posted on 02/15/2017 3:36:44 PM PST by carriage_hill ( Poor demoncrats haven't been this mad, since the Republicans took their slaves away.)
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To: shelterguy

Offer more money, you get what you pay for. Or go out of business.


17 posted on 02/15/2017 3:38:35 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: bigtoona

Now if they can only do it in the South and Southeast.


18 posted on 02/15/2017 3:41:15 PM PST by Roman_War_Criminal
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To: 11th_VA

Like the other comments..vigorously prosecuting the employers hiring illegals will facilitate the self-deportations.


19 posted on 02/15/2017 3:42:22 PM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches, and get with what's real.)
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To: 11th_VA

20 posted on 02/15/2017 3:45:00 PM PST by moovova
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To: central_va

“”””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.


21 posted on 02/15/2017 3:46:46 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: 11th_VA

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 ...


22 posted on 02/15/2017 3:47:20 PM PST by BillyBonebrake
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To: shelterguy

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.


23 posted on 02/15/2017 3:49:45 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: AtlantaBelle

Try Choboni yogurt...bet there are some illegals there


24 posted on 02/15/2017 3:50:10 PM PST by RummyChick
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To: 11th_VA; Nailbiter

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...


25 posted on 02/15/2017 3:52:00 PM PST by IncPen (Valerie Jarrett is running spy ops against Trump to help Iran. You read it here first.)
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To: central_va

“”””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.”””””

You hire people to do what kind of work?


26 posted on 02/15/2017 3:54:06 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: 11th_VA

WINNING


27 posted on 02/15/2017 3:55:36 PM PST by Churchjack
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To: shelterguy

I asked you a question first. Please answer.


28 posted on 02/15/2017 3:57:28 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: 11th_VA

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.


29 posted on 02/15/2017 3:59:21 PM PST by Runner4life
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To: central_va

So you don’t hire people for outside work. I understand why you avoided the question.


30 posted on 02/15/2017 4:00:49 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: shelterguy

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?


31 posted on 02/15/2017 4:06:15 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat/RINO Party!)
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To: shelterguy

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.


32 posted on 02/15/2017 4:07:34 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: IncPen

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.


33 posted on 02/15/2017 4:08:24 PM PST by Runner4life
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To: mrsmith

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.


34 posted on 02/15/2017 4:08:58 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: mrsmith; shelterguy

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.


35 posted on 02/15/2017 4:09:27 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: shelterguy

How much are they offering in wages?


36 posted on 02/15/2017 4:10:41 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

“”””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.””””””

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.


37 posted on 02/15/2017 4:12:22 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: spintreebob

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.


38 posted on 02/15/2017 4:16:26 PM PST by kvanbrunt2 (all your base are belong to us)
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To: shelterguy
Ha ha ha. The truth comes out. The lowest you can pay is $49.00/hr and you can't find anyone? Yo expect anyone to believe that? What BS artist you are. Go f-ing away. What joke you are.


39 posted on 02/15/2017 4:19:58 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: shelterguy

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.


40 posted on 02/15/2017 4:21:50 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat/RINO Party!)
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To: central_va

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.


41 posted on 02/15/2017 4:22:17 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: DaveA37
I highly suspect this to be true. There were tons of Hispanic workers working around here after a major wind storm, all who were working for Asplundh. Most could not read or understand English. My friend owned a bar/restaurant and these workers would come in for lunch, couldn't read the menu so friend and I both read it for them.

Was that B.T. or A.T.?

(Before Trump or After Trump)

42 posted on 02/15/2017 4:24:15 PM PST by COBOL2Java (1 Tim 2:1-3)
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To: shelterguy

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.


43 posted on 02/15/2017 4:25:50 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts FDR's New Deal = obama)
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To: 11th_VA

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.


44 posted on 02/15/2017 4:27:23 PM PST by LambSlave
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Hey everyone shelterguy needs construction workers and he pays more that $49.00/hr!!!! He says he can't find anyone either. Get him your resume he needs the help!


45 posted on 02/15/2017 4:33:45 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: 21twelve

Shelterguy pays $49.00 an hour and says he can’t find anyone. LOL.


46 posted on 02/15/2017 4:34:46 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: shelterguy

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.


47 posted on 02/15/2017 4:34:59 PM PST by wrench
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To: wrench
$392.00 a day and no takers. What is the world coming to? Better open that border up. /sarc
48 posted on 02/15/2017 4:39:47 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: bigtoona

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.

HooAhh!


49 posted on 02/15/2017 4:42:47 PM PST by x1stcav (Leftism is like rust: It corrodes 24 hours a day until eradicated.)
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To: central_va

Construction sites I have been in average 10 hours a day this time of year, longer in summer.


50 posted on 02/15/2017 4:43:50 PM PST by wrench
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