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Seventh Circuit Upholds Business’ Visa Fraud, Harboring Convictions

Feb. 13, 2020, 12:52 AM

An Illinois roofing company lost its bid to vacate a $250,000 fine and three-years’ probation for H-2B visa fraud and harboring and employing unauthorized foreign workers, after the Seventh Circuit upheld a trial court’s finding that it was liable for its namesake’s unlawful scheme.

Sufficient evidence supports both convictions and the company couldn’t show that trial counsel, which represented both parties, was ineffective, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said, affirming the convictions.

Federal investigators discovered that Edwin Gire had repeatedly applied for H-2B visas relying on fake roofing contracts purportedly obtained by Grayson Enterprises Inc., which...

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