U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Raymond Scott Vincent, age 47, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, yesterday to two days in prison and 60 days of home confinement as part of 18 months of probation, for a pattern and practice of knowingly hiring unauthorized aliens. Judge Grimm also ordered Vincent to perform 80 hours of community service, pay a fine of $36,000 and forfeit $42,262.60.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Special Agent in Charge Bill Jones, of the Washington Regional Office, U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations; Special Agent in Charge Niall Meehan of the Washington Field Office of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service; and District Director Gregory Collett of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Baltimore District Office.
According to his plea agreement, Vincent was the owner of RSV Pools, a pool service company that provided lifeguards and pool maintenance to pools in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. From January 2009 through June 2013, RSV hired at least 12 unauthorized aliens. Vincent approved the employment of each unauthorized alien and knew that at least three of the individuals were not legally authorized to work when he approved them for employment. The other nine employees were legally authorized for employment when they were hired, but their work status expired and they continued employment with RSV, all with Vincent’s knowledge. Vincent approved paying four of the unauthorized employees in cash so that they did not appear on RSV’s books.
Vincent also permitted at least three of the unauthorized aliens to rent a company apartment in 2012 and 2013. Vincent profited, either directly or indirectly through RSV, from the unauthorized aliens’ rent payments.
In a related case, Judge Paul W. Grimm previously sentenced Milen Radomirski, age 34, a Bulgarian national residing in Germantown, Maryland, to two years in prison for visa fraud and ordered Radomirski to forfeit $100,000. Radomirski worked for RSV from 2003 to August 2013. As part of his employment, Radomirski recruited international workers that RSV could sponsor to work in the U.S. on H-2B visas and other short-term visas. Radomirski admitted that he fraudulently obtained more than 100 H-2B visas. An H-2B visa is a non-immigrant visa granted to citizens of other countries to work in the U.S. on a temporary basis. Although sponsored workers could not legally be employed by any other company, Radomirski knew that many of the visa beneficiaries would not work for his company at all, would only work at his company for a short period of time, or would work for other employers in addition to his company.
As part of Vincent’s plea agreement, neither he nor his company can apply for visas or work permits for any foreign workers for three years.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the agencies participating in the Document Benefit Fraud Task Force – HSI Baltimore, Department of Labor – Office of Inspector General; U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – for their work in the investigation and thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas P. Windom, who prosecuted the case.