Local lawn care company pleads guilty to illegally hiring undocumented workers - KMOV.com

Local lawn care company pleads guilty to illegally hiring undocumented workers

ST. LOUIS, MO (KMOV.com) -- The owner of a St. Louis lawn care company has pleaded guilty to committing visa fraud to support his business.

According to court documents, Robert Brake, 33, the owner of Brake Landscaping and Lawncare, fraudulently received H-2B worker visas. This type of visa allows business to hire aliens to come to the country and work temporary, non-agricultural jobs on a one-time, seasonal, peak-load or intermittent basis.

Court documents say Brake and his company illegally sub-contracted H2-B workers on a weekly basis, profiting more than $2 an hour per alien between March 2007 and February 2010.  The documents also say that Brake created a fake company to facilitate all the illegal year-round employees, faking the need for workers that didn’t exist.

Brake plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of employing illegal aliens and the company pled guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud.

Sentencing will be on September 13. The conspiracy charge has a maximum penalty of five year in prison and/or fines up to $250,000. The misdemeanor  has a maximum of six months in prison.

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