By Bruce E Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

Sergio Badani, a former executive vice president of a Chicago staffing company, was sentenced Monday in federal court in Chicago to two years’ probation and a $15,000 fine on one count of conspiracy to commit harboring, for assisting KSO MetalFab Inc. with the hiring of undocumented workers.

Court records and evidence at trial show Badani used his role as vice president of operations for a large staffing company to knowingly conceal the true identities of 17 undocumented workers from the U.S. government. These employees had previously been identified by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) as noncitizens during an ICE I-9 audit (also referred to as Notice of Inspection) of KSO MetalFab, a sheet metal fabrication company in Streamwood, Illinois. After the business owners assured HSI that the identified noncitizens were terminated, they then worked with Badani to hire those same workers back using false identity documents. Badani admitted he learned of the illegal scheme and assisted in concealing the information from the government while his staffing company continued to collect more than $1 million in fees from the factory owners. Badani also admitted that he received a portion of the profit from this contract in the form of monetary bonuses.
Four employees of KSO MetalFab were previously charged in federal court with knowingly hiring and harboring undocumented workers. They pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial. See my prior article on this -

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