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May 7, 2013

Federal judge: Danville property owner ran illegal alien employment ring

DANVILLE — A Danville man will be sentenced later after being convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering and harboring, transporting and employing hundreds of illegal temporary employees from a business based in Wilkes-Barre.

The U.S. attorney’s office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania reported Wally Nguyen, 48, was convicted May 2 in federal court for conspiracy along with harboring, transporting and employing illegal aliens as well as separate counts of transporting illegal aliens, harboring illegal aliens and aiding and abetting the unlawful employment of illegal aliens.

The offenses occurred from January 2004 through January 2008.

A federal jury in Scranton also returned a special verdict ordering Nguyen to forfeit $50,000 to the United States along with two properties in Danville used to facilitate the crimes, according to the attorney’s office. Nguyen owns three homes in Danville, according to courthouse records.

The indictment charged Nguyen engaged in a conspiracy when he promoted and concealed the profits of the underlying criminal activity involving the operation of a temporary employment agency known as “H&T” that recruited, employed, transported and harbored an illegal work force.

H&T provided hundreds of illegal temporary employees to various businesses throughout the Middle District of Pennsylvania during several years, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. H&T was based at 198 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, said Heidi Havens, spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office in Harrisburg.

She said the properties to be forfeited to the U.S. government are at 305 E. Market St., and 218 U. Mulberry St.

Nguyen also provided housing and transportation for the illegal workers and paid the illegal work force in cash on a weekly basis, the attorney’s office said. He also engaged in a scheme to defraud the state and U.S. government of revenue, including the filing of false state tax documents and avoiding reporting requirements, authorities said.

Nguyen faces a statutory maximum term of 25 years in jail and fines of $750,000.

He is not in custody but is being monitored by probation, Havens said.

She couldn’t comment on the number of illegal alien cases in the region.  

The charges resulted from a joint investigation by the U.S. Immigration and

Montour County register and recorder information show Nguyen owns homes at 218 U. Mulberry St., 305 E. Market St. and 102 Spruce St.

Two Montour County records, dating from 2011 and 2008, show the federal government is seeking to have him forfeit the property at 218 U. Mulberry St. That house is in the Fourth Ward.

Another county record, dated February 2011, shows the government seeks the forfeiture of the property at 305 E. Market St. That house is in First Ward.

The charges resulted from a joint investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General and state police.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Olshefski prosecuted the case.

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