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Provider of Company’s Illegal Worker Payroll Cash Gets Prison Time

This month a Florida man was convicted of operating an unlicensed money-transmitting business and was sentenced to two years in federal prison and forced to forfeit the money which he had gained for this crime.  Andrew D. Lemine of Paisley, FL had been cashing checks over a period of 5 years for John Trubenbach Construction at the grocery store which he owned.  He collected between 1 and 1.5 percent of the check amounts for this service, knowing that the construction company was using him in an attempt to hide the fact that they employed undocumented workers which they paid in cash in order to avoid paying worker's compensation and employment taxes. 

Lemine will now have plenty of time while serving his sentence to consider the consequences of enabling others to commit crimes such as worker misclassification and wage theft even if he did not directly commit these crimes himself.

The construction company involved is no longer in business.


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