Two cousins who own a concrete company near Mandeville have pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiring to recruit and harbor illegal immigrants to work for them. Bradley Rogers and Robert Ryan Rogers, both 39 and residents of Mandeville, face up to 10 years in jail and $250,000 in fines. Their company, Diversified Concrete LLC, also pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful employment of aliens. It faces a possible five-year probationary penalty and a $3,000 fine for each illegal immigrant employed.
According to court documents, the owners provided six illegal immigrants with housing, cash, transportation and checks between April 2010 and February of this year.
Several witnesses, including one illegal immigrant and a company secretary, were willing to testify that Diversified Concrete housed the illegal aliens at a location on the 800 block of Marigny Avenue in Mandeville.
The owners “conspired with each other to conceal, harbor, and shield from detection illegal aliens,” a federal law violation, court documents stated.
An inspection by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency found that the company employed illegal aliens as early as March of 2010 for “the purpose of commercial advantage and personal financial gain,” according to the documents.Share on Facebook