Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Arizona Business Owner Sentenced, Fined for Unlawful Hires

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ICE, Apr. 4, 2012: "The president of a Sierra Vista drywall company was sentenced Thursday to one year of probation and ordered to pay fines totaling $450,000 following a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that revealed the business employed illegal aliens.

Ivan T. Hardt, 45, of Cananea, Mexico, the president of Sun Drywall and Stucco, Inc., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins. As part of a plea agreement, Hardt also agreed to pay $225,000 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Labor for overtime back wages owed under the Fair Standards Act and an additional administrative forfeiture of $225,000 to ICE. To date, Hardt has paid the full amount owed in restitution and $75,000 of the forfeiture agreement.