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$1.2 million forfeited for employing illegal aliens

Hi-Tech Trucking Inc, a Richmond-area business that delivered seafood to Asian restaurants and markets in the mid-Atlantic, agreed today to forfeit $1.2 million and pay a $100,000 fine for conspiring to harbor illegal aliens.

Bao Ping Wang, 44, and Trang “Tammy” Lu, 45, operated the business and another company, SeaLands Food, which distributed the seafood. Wang pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens and agreed to deportation after he serves up to five years in prison.

Lu faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison on a charge of conspiring to harbor illegal aliens when U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson sentences the two men on Dec. 8.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a press release that the businesses employed between six and 24 illegal aliens at any given time between 2006 and 2009.
By Alan Cooper

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