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BOSTON -- The president of a New Bedford leather-goods factory that was raided last year by immigration agents has pleaded guilty to harboring and concealing illegal immigrants.
Francesco Insolia, the owner of Michael Bianco Inc., was charged with conspiring to induce illegal immigrants to live in the United State and conspiring to hire illegal immigrants. However, as part of a plea deal, Insolia agreed Monday to plead guilty to a single charge.
In March 2007, federal authorities arrested 361 workers, most of whom were from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
Immigrant advocates criticized the raid for separating families and leaving children without proper care. The agency has said the raid was properly handled.
U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan scheduled a news conference for Monday afternoon.

http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO93761/
 

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Factory Owner Sentenced In Immigration Case

Company Ordered To Pay $1M

BOSTON -- The president of a New Bedford leather-goods factory that was raided in 2007 by immigration agents has been sentenced to 12 months in federal prison for harboring and concealing illegal immigrants.

Francesco Insolia, the owner of Michael Bianco Inc., was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock.

Michael Bianco Inc. was also ordered to pay $1 million for 18 specific counts of knowingly hiring illegal immigrants between 2004 and late 2006.
Both agreed to plead guilty in November.

In March 2007, federal authorities raided the Michael Bianco factory and arrested 361 workers, most of whom were from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.

The company was sold to Eagle Industries of Fenton, Mo., more than a year ago.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/18577476/detail.html
 

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The thing that bothered me that most about this case is that they focused on illegal immigrants, THAT WERE WILLING TO WORK! They should be given a tax number and allowed to work. More time should be spent deporting the bums who are, and want to be nothing more that leaches on society!

And for the factory owner, I like the idea of that POS being jailed. The working conditions in that business were deplorable and sub-human!
 

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I couldn't agree more.
 
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