On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a company that processes seafood and makes ice was fined $240,000 for visa jobs fraud involving the employment of temporary workers.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the owner of Capt. Phip’s Seafood Inc. was also sentenced to a year of probation and fined $15,000. Phip J. “Jamie” Harrington III, 50, of Dorchester County, is also required to complete 100 hours of community service. U.S. District Court Judge Ellen L. Hollander handed down his sentence on Tuesday.

Harrington did not respond to The Sun’s request for comment on Wednesday. In the Warwick River town of Secretary, Capt. Phillip’s manufacturer jobs and distributes ice as well as processes seafood.

It used the H-2B work visa program to fill seasonal positions with temporary foreign workers. According to the company’s guilty plea, the company submitted false and inaccurate job descriptions on purpose in order to obtain lower prevailing wages for its foreign workers.

Harrington admitted that the company hired and employed workers without legal immigration status at several other businesses in his plea agreement.

Source: SheltonHerald

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