Brickman Group landscaping contractor, has had some of its illegal alien employees in Pennsylvania busted. Some employees fled on foot as law enforcement showed up and arrested them. Who would have thought that a landscaping contractor would be hiring illegal aliens?
Of course it doesn't end there. The employees were using other people's Social Security Numbers, thus committing identity fraud and others simply had fraudulent documents. All of those arrested have not posted bail and are being held at the Northampton County Prison.
Of course this is a "victimless crime", unless of course you count the poor legal people of this country who are now going through hell trying to get their credit and things straightened out with the IRS that they didn't actually earn a bunch of extra money in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It's only victimless until it happens to you.
A sting this week by Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli's office caught seven illegal immigrants working for a Lehigh University contractor using either fake permanent resident alien cards or fake or stolen Social Security numbers, authorities said.
The seven, all men living in Bethlehem, were employees of a Bethlehem branch office of national landscaping company the Brickman Group.
Robert Miklich, a detective with the district attorney's office, said one of the men was from Uruguay and the six others were from Mexico.
Miklich said four of the men were arrested with the help of the Lehigh University Police Department when they showed up for work Wednesday morning on Lehigh's Goodman Campus. Three fled on foot and were arrested later Wednesday.
According to court documents, the men were part of a group of 14 employees working for the Bethlehem branch of the Brickman Group who submitted false documents when Brickman hired them. Miklich could not say what initiated the investigation, but said the seven arrested men were the only ones of the 14 still in the area.
According to the arrest affidavits, the records check found some of the men used Social Security numbers that belonged to someone else, some used numbers that didn't exist, and some used fake permanent resident alien cards as identification.
Brickman's Regional Pennsylvania Manager can be reached below in case you wish to let them know how you feel about Brickman Group hiring illegal aliens.
Direct Number 215-891-1241
Brickman Group Corporate Headquarters
18227D Flower Hill Way
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
Phone: (301) 987-9200
Fax: (240) 683-2030
Tipped by: Ruth of Illegal Protest (via You Don't Speak For Me)
Brickman regularly audits their employees to check that their paperwork checks out. When someone is using stolen identity info, it is nearly impossible for the business owner to identify.
And yes, I have working in the industry for many years. If you want this work done, and done well, at a reasonable pay scale, you have to hire immigrants. American employees want to be paid more, and work less.
Posted by: Green ID on July 5, 2009 03:49 PM
I was recently hired by Brickman as a crew member in OH.
While I was one of only two non-hispanic trainees in the orientation session, I can say the manager that went through our training session was adamant about ensuring everyone in that room was eligible to work in the United States. And I mean EVERYONE.
Yes, Brickman's crews are majority Hispanic, but that's just part and parcel of our new American work ethic. Personally, the guys I work with are great and I wouldn't trade them for anything.
And yes, they're all eligible to work in this country. Just so ya know.
Posted by: BGH06 on March 12, 2011 07:21 PM