ICE Fines Maine Companies for Form I-9 ViolationsFriday, November 16th, 2012
ICE announces eight Maine companies were fined nearly $80,000 during FY2012 for various employment violations, based on over twenty audits and inspections of employers’ I-9 documents conducted in Maine by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
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Employers are required to complete and retain a Form I-9 for each individual they hire. This form requires employers to review and record the individual’s identity and employment eligibility document(s) and determine whether the document(s) reasonably appears to be genuine and related to the individual. Additionally, an employer must ensure that the employee provides certain information regarding his or her eligibility to work, on the Form I-9.
Fines in Maine in FY 2012 include:
- Artstock Inc., aka Artist & Craftsman Supply Company, of Portland was fined $12,584;
- ASAP Taxi of Portland was fined $7,153;
- Farrens Harvesting and Land Leveling Inc. of Columbia was fined $9,490;
- King China Inc. of Calais was fined $9,100;
- Maine International Labor Inc. of West Gardner was fined $13,898.50;
- My Tai Inc. of Presque Isle was fined $13,744;
- New Fay Da Restaurant Inc., aka Happy China Buffet, of Bangor was fined $11,220; and
- Three Sons Lobster and Fish of Portland was fined $1,777.
“These settlements serve as a reminder to employers that HSI will continue to hold them accountable for hiring and maintaining a legal and compliant workforce,” said Bruce M. Foucart, special agent in charge of HSI Boston. Foucart oversees HSI throughout New England. “We encourage employers to take the employment verification process seriously, as we expand the number of audits we are conducting throughout Maine each year. My agency will continue to focus its attention on employers that are knowingly employing illegal workers and will continue to target specific industries and businesses known or alleged to hire illegals.”
Audits are increasing in number. During FY 2012, HSI conducted 22 inspections of employers’ I-9 documents in Maine. In previous years, HSI conducted 23 inspections in FY 2011, 11 in FY 2010 and five in FY 2009.