Note: one of very few charged and prosecuted, a small fish.
Jail time possible in conviction for hiring illegal migrants
Oct. 29, 2011 12:00 AM
A southern Arizona contractor pleaded guilty in Tucson on Friday to
knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, the first case in the state in
which authorities pursued criminal charges instead of just fines.
Ivan Hardt, president of Sun Dry Wall & Stucco Inc. of Sierra Vista,
faces up to six months in jail for his misdemeanor illegal-hiring
conviction. He will be sentenced Jan. 26 in U.S. District Court.
Hardt also pleaded guilty to a felony charge of conspiring to harbor
illegal immigrants, but his lawyer said that conviction would be
dropped if he pays the government $450,000.
Hardt's attorney, Michael Piccarreta, says his client will pay the
full amount. Piccarreta said the violations occurred when Arizona's
construction boom was in effect and employers such as Hardt had
trouble finding enough workers.
Authorities alleged in March 2007 that Hardt's company underreported
its number of employees and that some workers had fraudulent documents.
Of the eight people charged in the case, six have pleaded guilty.
Sonora man with past robbery conviction gets 75-month term
Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 8:46 am
A 43-year-old Sonoran man who was convicted in Santa Cruz County in
1992 on a robbery charge was sentenced to more than six years in
prison last week for illegally re-entering the country.
According to court documents, a U.S. Border Patrol agent apprehended
Alejandro Rivas-Amador on May 9, 2010 behind a Nogales warehouse
approximately one block from the U.S. border fence. Rivas-Amador
allegedly told the agent he had entered the country illegally 10
minutes earlier by jumping the fence.
After Rivas-Amador was taken to the Nogales Border Patrol Station for
processing, agents learned from a fingerprint identification system
that he had been convicted in Santa Cruz County in 1992 for attempted
robbery and sentenced to one year in prison before being removed from
the United States.
Record checks also showed that Rivas-Amador was also deported through
Alexandria, La., on Nov. 19, 2009.
Following his arrest in Nogales, the Border Patrol submitted the case
to the U.S. Attorney's Office, which prosecuted Rivas-Amador for re-
entry of a felon. As the result of a plea deal, a judge sentenced him
on Oct. 18 to 75 months in prison.
Court records did not reveal any details of the 1992 robbery charge