Corporate Investigations

Former Federal Prosecutors Representing Businesses in Las Vegas, Reno, Los Angeles And Throughout The United States Facing Investigation For Immigration Violations

Under pressure from various quarters to take aggressive immigration enforcement action against American business, the United States Department of Homeland Security has stepped up audits, investigations and enforcement-related litigation of businesses across the United States.

These investigations can lead to significant civil fines and even criminal charges being filed. In fact, according to the Department of Homeland Security, audits have resulted in more than $50 million in total sanctions against American businesses with the average fine being in the range of $110,000. Executives and officers of businesses found by the government to be in violation of immigration laws can be criminally prosecuted.

Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, employers are required to comply with Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 requirements. One of the most common types of audits conducted by government authorities is an I-9 compliance audit. The principal purpose of this type of audit is to detect the known employment of unauthorized workers by a U.S. employer.

However, this type of audit has also been used by immigration authorities to detect whether employers are discriminating against certain groups of workers based upon national origin or citizenship status during hiring, firing, recruiting or referring (for a fee). Audits of this kind can result in crippling civil fines and penalties that can shut down a business. In other cases, immigration investigators have exercised their “discretion” to recommend the Department of Justice bring criminal charges.

The former federal prosecutors and government agents with The Federal Defenders, By Paul Padda Law can help you and your business avoid major problems by implementing policies to avoid trouble should an audit arise or, where an investigation has already begun, respond to it in a timely and intelligent manner. We “speak the language” federal agents understand and can help you and your business avoid problems.

If you’re a business in Las Vegas, Reno, Los Angeles or anywhere else in the United States, put the power and insight of The Federal Defenders on your side.


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