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Texas Couple Sentenced for Alien Harboring Scheme Involving Labor Exploitation

 

Top Intelligence News – Tyno Keo, 38, and, Phearom Lay, 34, of Nacogdoches, Texas, were sentenced yesterday in federal court in Beaumont, Texas, after previously pleading guilty to alien harboring for financial gain, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown of the Eastern District of Texas, and Special Agent in Charge Eric Jackson of the FBI in Dallas.

U.S. District Court Judge Ron Clark for the Eastern District of Texas sentenced Defendant Keo to six months incarceration and Defendant Lay to six months incarceration, followed by two years of supervised release. Judge Clark also ordered the defendants to pay $5,000 each in fines and $41,024.31 in joint restitution.

According to court documents, between September 2012 and May 2013, the defendants harbored the victim and required her to work long hours for little pay performing childcare, cleaning their home, and as an employee at their business, the Donut Palace. The scheme started in Cambodia, where Defendant Lay’s sister owed the defendants $50,000 for shared family medical expenses. To satisfy her debt, Lay’s sister arranged for the victim to obtain a temporary tourist visa and travel from Cambodia to the United States to work for the defendants. As a result, the $50,000 debt was transferred to the victim. Once the victim arrived in the United States, the defendants took possession of her passport and visa, and continued to harbor and employ her after her visa expired in December 2012. The defendants paid the victim $1,000 a month for her labor and withheld a portion of it to repay the purported $50,000 debt. Read more

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Texas Couple Sentenced for Alien Harboring Scheme Involving Labor Exploitation

Texas Couple Sentenced for Alien Harboring Scheme Involving Labor Exploitation

Texas Couple Sentenced for Alien Harboring Scheme Involving Labor Exploitation