By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

Juan Pablo Sanchez-Delgado, of Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court in Lincoln, Nebraska, to conspiring to harbor aliens for financial gain. He could be sentenced for up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

Sanchez-Delgado admitted that between January 2015 and July 2017, he conspired with supervisors at multiple agricultural corporations to supply those companies with alien workers who were not authorized to work or remain in the United States. The corporations contracted with Sanchez-Delgado in an attempt to avoid criminal responsibilities for labor violations. Sanchez-Delgado, an undocumented worker himself, provided hundreds of undocumented workers to various corporations.

Sanchez-Delgado was not paid by these companies; rather, he took money from the undocumented workforce by purporting to withhold state and federal employment taxes and converted this money to his own use. These workers were also required to cash their paychecks at one of Sanchez-Delgado’s businesses and pay a $50 to $75 check-cashing fee. Sanchez-Delgado generated over $5.6 million through this scheme.

As part of his plea agreement, Sanchez-Delgado agreed to forfeit four residences in Las Vegas, Nevada, with more than $1 million in equity. He will also forfeit bank accounts and cash totaling more than $178,000, which were proceeds of the harboring conspiracy.

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