Here is more from U.S. Attorney Sullivan’s indictment as stated in his press release:
the defendants assisted certain illegal alien employees in obtaining fraudulent identification documents; the defendants, by
hiring and paying illegal aliens with knowledge of, or with reckless disregard of, their status,
encouraged and induced illegal aliens to unlawfully reside in the United States to work at MBI;and certain defendants knowingly filed and caused to be filed, W-2 tax forms with the Social Security Administration containing false identity information.
If true, that is certainly criminal behavior, and placed many innocent people at risk.
According to U.S. Attorney Sullivan’s office, the potential punishments include:
If convicted, INSOLIA, COSTA and MELO each face a maximum sentence of 10 years
in prison, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and at least two years of supervised release on the charge of conspiring to harbor illegal aliens; and 6 months in prison, a $100 special assessment, and $10,000 fine for each illegal alien hired by MBI on the conspiracy to hire illegal aliens charge.
However, remember one thing, which even the US Attorney’s press release contains in small print, at the very end:
The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Maybe Lincoln said it best, or was it Mark Twain – I am sure one of you knows:
“You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”