From time to time, Homeland Security Investigations and immigration authority officials periodically inspect a variety of businesses to ensure everyone working is properly documented. Recently during an inspection of a resort, authorities contend they came across a situation of false documents presented to them pertaining to permanent residency for employees. Maryland seasonal workers or resort personnel may want to follow how the recent story played out for the trio accused in the incident.
The surprise inspection entailed a review of I-9 forms. The inspectors contend they were given falsified social security cards and false permanent residency cards also. Three workers were arrested and charged as having provided falsified documents.
The three were found guilty of unlawful use of immigration documents and sentenced in a federal court. All three received sentences ranging between 5 to 6 months in prison. The sentences were with time served for all three; but now they all face deportation hearings when they are released.
It can be challenging for those new to this country to know exactly what documentation is needed and how to go about the process. For those who need to know about the process of permanent residency for employees and how it may affect their ability to live and work in Maryland, it is imperative that they know the current laws. There can be very serious legal consequences if someone does not know what documentation they need or are unable to prove that they have the necessary documents to work in a given field or place of employment.
wbtv.com, “Illegal residents in Myrtle Beach guilty of faking immigration documents,” July 30, 2013