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Howard Industries’ HR director indicted
Leader Call ^ | May 9, 2009 | By Jason Niblett

Posted on 05/09/2009 12:49:35 PM PDT by Islander7


Jose Humberto Gonzalez

Jose Humberto Gonzalez, the human resources manager for Howard Industries, Inc., was in federal court Thursday to hear the court’s 25 indictments against him. The indictment does not place any blame on the company.

Gonzalez was charged with 25 counts of conspiracy and employee verification fraud following an August 2008 ICE raid at the Laurel plant and Ellisville headquarters of Howard Industries, Inc. He made his initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker at the United States Federal Courthouse in Hattiesburg.

If Gonzalez is convicted, he could face a maximum of five years per count while charged a maximum fine of $250,000 per count.

The indictment follows the August 25, 2008, U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid that allegedly found 595 illegal aliens working at the plant. The raid ended up being the largest single workplace site raid in American history. Of the 595, nine were charged criminally with aggravated identity theft and pled guilty to those charges. Many of the others have returned to their countries of origin.

“ICE aggressively targets employers who egregiously violate immigration laws by knowingly employing an illegal alien workforce,” ICE’s Office of Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Michael Holt said. “This indictment demonstrates firsthand how ICE agents use our investigative tools to pursue those who take advantage of illegal labor for personal profit.”

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“Howard Industries has always and continues to conduct its hiring practices in strict compliance with federal and state laws,” the statement reads. “It is the policy of Howard Industries to hire only U. S. citizens or those who have legal authorization to work in the United States. We have never knowingly hired anyone who was not legally authorized to work in the United States.

(Excerpt) Read more at leadercall.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: illegalaliens; immigrants; invasion; mississippi
This is a follow-up story about the ICE raid that netted the largest number of illegals to date.
1 posted on 05/09/2009 12:49:36 PM PDT by Islander7
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2 posted on 05/09/2009 12:50:23 PM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Islander7

Liberal tokenism. They fool nobody. What about the OPEN BORDER and the administration stopping the fence funding, eh?

Like I said, liberal tokenism and a living lie.


3 posted on 05/09/2009 12:52:03 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Islander7

Not good enough.

You want results? Don’t bother to charge anyone with a crime. Don’t bother to deport anyone. Just fine the damn employers!

It only takes a few such mega-buck penalties before industries across the fruited plain and the purple mountains’ majesty recalculate their profit and loss margins and decide that hiring illegals isn’t profitable after all.


4 posted on 05/09/2009 12:53:56 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: sinanju

Did you read the article? The company was not at fault. The HR guy falsified information to hire the illegals.


5 posted on 05/09/2009 1:02:21 PM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: sinanju
You want results? Don’t bother to charge anyone with a crime. Don’t bother to deport anyone. Just fine the damn employers!

Correct file a federal claim against the assets of the Tyson family and you will see the other's, such as Purdue driving their illegals to the border.

6 posted on 05/09/2009 1:04:40 PM PDT by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: Islander7

Howard also has a trucking division, stay out of they way of their drivers!!!


7 posted on 05/09/2009 1:05:29 PM PDT by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: Islander7
"Jose Humberto Gonzalez"


Good Grief!

If folks with spanish surnames keep doing things like this, people will start stereotyping them pretty soon.

/s

8 posted on 05/09/2009 1:22:13 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. ~~ Will Rodgers)
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