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Ridgeland business owners plead guilty to hiring illegal workers

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that Paul Love, 58, and Barbara Love, 58, of Ridgeland, Mississippi, have each pled guilty in federal court to charges relating to the employment of illegal aliens at Love Irrigation, Inc. 

Paul Love pled guilty on Monday, May 21, to harboring illegal aliens. He will be sentenced on August 2, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. and faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

Barbara Love pled guilty on Tuesday, May 29, to hiring and continuing to employ illegal aliens. She will be sentenced on August 9, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. and faces a maximum penalty of 6 months in prison and a $15,000 fine. 

Love Irrigation, Inc. admitted to violating federal criminal immigration laws and agreed to numerous remedial and compliance measures in connection with hiring and employing legal workers. 

The company agreed to pay $515,109.67 in penalties and fines. In return, the United States agreed to defer prosecution of the company for three years and to ultimately dismiss the charges after the three year period if the company has fully satisfied the terms of the agreement. 

In 2010, Love Irrigation began resubmitting the names of its illegal alien employees to MDES, using the exact same names and Social Security numbers for some, but using different Social Security numbers for others previously identified by ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in 2008.  

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