Sunday, April 01, 2007

Mexico Border Fence Firm Hired Illegal Immigrants

The owner of a company that once helped build a fence to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the Mexican border was sentenced Wednesday to six months home confinement for hiring undocumented workers.

LSB: Oh, the irony!

Mel Kay, founder, chairman and president of Golden State Fence Co., was sentenced along with Michael McLaughlin, a company manager, after both previously pleaded guilty to felony charges of knowingly hiring illegal aliens.

McLaughlin was also given six months home confinement by U.S. District Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz. Each was ordered to log 1,040 hours of community service and spend three on probation. Kay was also fined $200,000 as part of a plea agreement, and McLaughlin agreed to pay $100,000.

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