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Guilty pleas in immigrant case

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The co-owners of a nationwide janitorial service that authorities say provided cleaning crews staffed with illegal immigrants to a northern Michigan resort have pleaded guilty to charges in the case.

The investigation into Rosenbaum-Cunningham International Inc., or RCI, a Florida-based cleaning contractor, led to the nationwide arrest in February of more than 200 illegal immigrants, mostly Mexican nationals.

Richard M. Rosenbaum, 61, and Edward S. Cunningham, 44, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to defraud the federal government and harboring illegal aliens in plea agreements with federal prosecutors.

Cunningham, of West Palm Beach, Fla., entered his plea Friday, and Rosenbaum, of Longwood, Fla., entered his plea Oct. 17.

Rosenbaum faces up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. Cunningham faces a five-year prison term and up to $250,000 in fines. Both face restitution amounts that the government says could exceed $16 million.

The investigation began at Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, in Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula.

The practice of paying cash wages to workers deprived the U.S. government of about $18.6 million in employment taxes, according to the indictment against the three.

The government said RCI contracted with the resort between June 1997 and March 2006.


 

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