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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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