Kansas company accused of hiring illegal immigrants

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) — An eastern Kansas framing company, its three owners and four crew leaders have been charged in a 31-count indictment accusing them of harboring illegal immigrants who worked for the company.

A federal indictment unsealed Monday accuses Advantage Framing, a Spring Hill company, of knowingly hiring illegal immigrants to gain an unfair commercial advantage. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says the company issued checks to crew leaders to cash and pay workers, but didn’t pay Social Security, workers compensation or unemployment insurance benefits.

The defendants are charged with conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens for commercial advantage and private financial gain, harboring illegal aliens, conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering.

They were to appear in court late Monday afternoon. It wasn’t immediately clear if any had obtained an attorney.

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