A man was convicted Tuesday who made millions during a 2.5-year period as he lined up illegal workers for U.S. companies.
Juan Pablo Sanchez-Delgado, 40, of Mexico, pled guilty in federal court in Lincoln to conspiring to harbor aliens, U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly announced.
He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for May 31 in Lincoln.
Kelly said the real estate and cash were proceeds of the harboring conspiracy.
The guilty plea was entered before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart.
Sanchez-Delgado, an alien himself, provided hundreds of illegal workers, Kelly said. Sanchez-Delgado admitted that between January 2015 and July 2017, he conspired with supervisors at agricultural corporations to supply the companies with alien workers, who were not authorized to work or be in the United States.
The corporations tried to avoid criminal responsibilities for labor violations by contracting with Sanchez-Delgado instead of hiring workers directly, Kelly said.
As part of his plea agreement with the government, Sanchez-Delgado agreed to forfeit four residences in Las Vegas worth more than $1 million as well as bank accounts and cash totaling more than $178,000, Kelly said.
The corporation paid Sanchez-Delgado, and he also took money from the illegal workers, purporting to withhold state and federal employment taxes for them. Instead, he converted the money to his own use.
The aliens were also required to cash their paychecks at one of Sanchez-Delgado’s businesses and pay a $50-$75 check cashing fee.
Sanchez-Delgado generated approximately $5.6 million through this scheme, Kelly said.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.