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Danbury Company Fined in Illegal Workers Investigation

ICE's Homeland Security Investigations unit issued a total of 12 fines to Connecticut companies.

Following an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), 12 Connecticut companies face fines totaling $132,582.25, it was announced this morning by the federal agency.

The inspection of the employers' Form I-9 documents is part of HSI's worksite enforcement strategy that launched in 2009 to reduce the demand for illegal employment and protect employment opportunities for the nation's lawful workforce. This strategy focuses agency resources on the investigation and audit of employers suspected of cultivating illegal workplaces by hiring workers who are not authorized to work.

Kingswood Kitchens Company Inc. of Danbury was fined $12,000. Additional fines in Connecticut included:

  • Acranom Masonry Inc. of Middlefield was fined $4,500;
  • Calabro Cheese Corp. of East Haven was fined $45,000;
  • Gourmet Heaven Inc. of New Haven was fined $5,891;
  • John J. Masi Company Inc. of Bridgeport was fined $3,276;
  • Kingswood Kitchens Company Inc. of Danbury was fined $12,000;
  • Leed-Himmel Industries Inc. of Hamden was fined $2,241.25;
  • Melissa & Doug LLC of Wilton was fined $1,386;
  • Prostar Inc. of Farmington was fined $10,472;
  • Quality Sales LLC of Hartford was fined $2,722;
  • Superior Plastics Extrusion Company Inc., aka Impact Plastics, of Putnam was fined $34,000;
  • Villa Brava Grocery LLC of Hartford was fined $2,992.
  • Contour Landscaping Company, Inc., Stamford, was fined $8,104.

"These settlements serve as a reminder to employers that HSI will continue to hold them accountable for hiring and maintaining a legal and compliant workforce," said Bruce M. Foucart, special agent in charge of HSI Boston. Foucart oversees HSI throughout New England. "We encourage employers to take the employment verification process seriously, as we expand the number of audits we are conducting throughout Connecticut each year. My agency will continue to focus its attention on employers that are knowingly employing illegal workers and will continue to target specific industries and businesses known or alleged to hire illegals."

During 2012, HSI conducted 18 inspections of employers' I-9 documents in Connecticut, an increase over the 14 inspections conducted in 2011, seven in 2010 and one in 2009. In 2011, HSI issued only one fine to a Connecticut company. PCC Technology Group of Bloomfield was fined $15,000.

Michael Duff November 15, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I bet these people who were hired were paid low wages and were required to work longer hours than they were paid for. The real shame is that the buyers of the products and service are willing to save a few bucks knowing that the saving came from taking advantage of the illegal alien.
Raed ElAhmad November 16, 2012 at 04:35 AM
I own sand tech Llc in prospect ct. We been told since day one to hire people under table to hide taxes. Totally refuse to. We just hired two more people and hiring a third. Up to 6 employees. If we can't be 100% legal and survive we shouldn't be in business
Jimmy Pursey November 16, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Why, G? Aren't there only 8 ICE agents working all of New England? That doesn't leave much time. It would take them decades to check every restaurant in this state alone.
Patricia Hannigan November 17, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Unfortunately US citizens are often not willing to do the jobs that ultimately go to undocumented aliens (minimum wage restaurant, retail, landscaping & cleaning jobs among others). When US citizens do accept these jobs their work ethic and attitudes are very poor while undocumented workers often have positive attitudes and stellar work ethics which enhance customer experience. It's too bad there is NO path to citizenship for the best of these undocumented workers... Employers, co-workers, customers; we all lose when we must deal with disgruntled, ill-willed, ineffectual employes and very few such employees are the undocumenteds.
anonymous November 17, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I happen to be a Kingswood kitchen employee, and I know for a fact that kingswood’s fine was related to the I-9 forms not being filled out correctly dating back to the 1970’s. There was no illegal immigrants employed by this company, like the article implies and nobody got fired. To make the matter worst this all took place over a year ago. It’s like getting a speeding ticket and the news paper reports that you got charged with a DUI. It’s just SILLY!!

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