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Hallmark Indictment

Hallmark Indictment

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UNITEDSTATES
DISTRICTCOURTSOUTHERNDISTRICTOF
TEXAS
HOUSTONDIVISION
UnitedStatsaCourts
South8ln
District
01
Tens
FILED
FEB29
2012
Defendants.
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David
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CRIMINALNO.PHILLIPTAYLORHALLMARK,
THOMASGARO
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INDICTMENT
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PERARREST
HE
GRANDJURYCHARGES:
COUNTONE
(Conspiracy)
Atalltimesmaterialhereto:1.Defendant
PHILIPTAYLORHALLMARK,
hereinafter
"HALLMARK,"
isanownerofHallmarkIndustrialServices,Inc.,(hereinafter"HIS,Inc.").
HALLMARK
alsohasanownershipinterestin,andoperatesacompanyknownas"HallmarkFarmsLLC."HIS,Inc.,hasaprincipalofficelocatedinStowall,Texas.2.Defendant
THOMASGARD
wasamanageratHIS,Inc.4.OnSeptember1,2010,SpecialAgentsfromtheU.S.DepartmentofHomelandSecurity-ImmigrationandCustomsEnforcement(ICE)interceptedtwocommercialcharterbusesinWinnie,Texas,asthebuseswereunloadingpassengers.Thebusesunloadedatleastforty-two(42)passengerswhoweredeterminedtobeillegalaliens.Thealienswereapprehended,detained
 
andprocessedbyICEagents.
THECONSPIRACY
BeginningonoraboutApril2009andcontinuingthroughonoraboutAugust30,20
J
0,intheSouthernDistrictofTexas,thedefendants.
PHILIP
TAYLORHALLMARK,
THOMASGARD,and
didcombine,conspire,confederateandagreewitheachotherandwithothersbothknownandunknowntothegrandjury:to;(a)EncourageandinducealienstoresideintheUnitedStates,forthepurposeofcommercialadvantageandprivatefinancialgain,knowing,andinrecklessdisregardofthefactthatsuchresidencewasandwouldbeinviolationoflaw:
Title8,
UnitedStatesCode,Section1324(a)(J)(A)(iv),1324(a)(1)(B)(i)
and
1324(
a)(1)(A)(v)(1);
(b)Conceal,harbor,andshieldfromdetection,andattemptedtoconceal,harbor,andshieldfromdetection,aliens,inanyplace,includinganybuildingoranymeansoftransportation,forthepurposeofcommercialadvantageandprivatefinancialgain,knowingandinrecklessdisregardofthefactthatthealienshadcometo,entered,andremainedintheUnitedStatesinviolationoflaw;
Title
8,
UnitedStatesCode,Section
1324(a)(1)(A)(jii),
1324(a)(1)(B)(i)and
1324(a)(1)(A)(v)(1);
(c)TransportalienswithintheUnitedStates,inanymannerwhatsoever,forthepurposeofcommercialadvantageandprivatefinancialgain,knowingandinrecklessdisregardofthefactthatsuchalienshadcometo,enteredorremainedintheUnitedStatesinviolationoflaw;
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Title8,UnitedStatesCode,Section1324(a)(l)(i\)(ii),1324(a)(1)(B)(i)and1324(a)(1)(A)(v)(I);
MANNERANDMEANS
1.Itwasapartoftheconspiracythatdefendantsandotherconspiratorswouldanddidseektoemploy
illegal
alienswith
little
ornoregardto
the
legal
status
of
the
workers.2.Itwaspartoftheconspiracythatdefendantswouldanddidhiremanyillegalaliens
for
employmentbyfraudulentlycompletingemploymentauthorization
forms
onbehalfoftheillegalaliens.3.
It
waspartoftheconspiracythatdefendantsandotherconspiratorsprovidedfalse
socialsecuritynumbersandidentities
to
hireillegalaliensforemployment
with
defendants.
4.
It
waspartoftheconspiracythatdefendantsandotherconspiratorscharteredbusesandtransportedillegalalienstoandfrom
Winnie,
Texas,toKalamazoo,Michigan.
towork
inacleanupoperationofanoilpipelinerupturenearMarshall,Michigan.5.It
was
part
oftheconspiracythatdefendantsandotherconspiratorspaidtheillegalalienworkersincashduringthealiens'employmentwiththedefendants.
6.
It
wasapartoftheconspiracythatdefendantsandotherconspiratorshousedthealiensinahotel,providedmeals,andtransportationtoandfromtheworksitewhileemployedinMichigan.
OVERTACTS
Infurtheranceoftheconspiracy,andtoeffecttheobjectsthereof,thefollowingovertacts,
amongothers,werecommittedbytheconspiratorswithintheSouthernDistrictofTexas
and
elsewhere:
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