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jacksonville-77804_1920-300x179A Jacksonville, Florida brother and sister have been sentenced for their role in a scheme to illegally employ undocumented immigrants in construction work. Their scheme involved avoiding millions of dollars in workers’ compensation insurance and payroll tax.

Fanny Melina Zelaya-Mendez, age 39, and Roger Omar Zelaya-Mendez, age 34, ran various shell companies which provided workers to contractors and subcontractors. They used these companies to hire and pay hundreds of undocumented immigrants. Since the contractors and subcontractors paid the workers through these shell companies, they were therefore able to avoid being responsible for making sure that the workers were authorized to work in the country, that the workers had workers’ compensation insurance coverage, and that the appropriate payroll taxes were being paid.
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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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