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construction-site-build-construction-work-159358-300x200A construction contractor in Minneapolis-St. Paul has been charged with workers’ compensation insurance fraud and labor trafficking.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office brought the charges against Ricardo Batres following an investigation by the Minnesota Commerce Fraud Bureau. According to the charges, Batres used undocumented workers on his construction crews. He threatened to have them deported unless they obeyed him, making them work very long shifts with no overtime pay.
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A leaked handbook used by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents is providing insight into how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) uses civil asset forfeiture. Every year, ICE seizes millions of dollars of property even when they do not have enough evidence to press criminal charges.

The 71-page “Asset Forfeiture Handbook” stresses the importance of funds obtained through civil asset forfeiture to ICE. Not only do these seizures help “fund future law enforcement actions,” they also cover costs “HSI would otherwise be unable to fund.” ICE has confirmed that the handbook, although published in 2010, still represents current guidance for their agents on civil asset forfeiture.
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