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Unsealed Affidavit Shows Wal-Mart Execs Knew They Were Hiring Illegal Aliens, Encouraged It

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Escaping with a $11 million fine and lying that no executives knew they were hiring illegal aliens, Wal-Mart has been exposed to have blatantly lied to settle the case earlier this year.

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The affidavit, unsealed last week, was part of an investigation of Wal-Mart by federal immigration officials that led to the 2003 raid on 60 Wal-Mart stores in 21 states, and the arrests of 245 illegal workers. The retailer agreed to pay $11 million in March to settle the case. It has maintained that top executives neither knew of nor encouraged the practice, but that is contradicted by the newly released documents.


In the affidavit, investigators said testimony and taped conversations from 2003 showed two executives at Wal-Mart headquarters knew that contractors and subcontractors cleaning its stores in several states employed illegal immigrants from eastern Europe and elsewhere.


Walters [a contractor] told the INS that a Wal-Mart vice president, identified in the affidavit as Leroy Schuetz and Leroy Shutz, advised him to set up multiple subsidiaries so that if one of them were found using illegal workers, he could continue to do business with the retailer through the others.

The affidavit said another conversation took place in April 2003 at Wal-Mart headquarters between Steve Bertschy, a Wal-Mart vice president who managed maintenance of all Wal-Mart stores, and two contractors accompanied by an undercover INS investigator.

After one of the contractors repeatedly mentioned that many cleaning subcontractors were known to be using illegal immigrants at Wal-Mart stores, the affidavit said Bertschy commented: "And they load them up into one or two apartments and they take a family of five and pay them $1,000 a week, that's probably a dollar an hour if they're there seven days a week and they're not paying taxes because they're not getting paid a fair rate compared to U.S. standards, then they start stealing from the store to make up the difference."

If this is the case Wal-Mart needs to be hauled back into court and made to pay MASSIVE fines. For a company to deliberately lie in a case, when there is evidence to the contrary, should reopen any allegations. They need to be held accountable. It is perjury.

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