Illegal hiring operation kingpin nets 10 years, Sheriff’s office rewarded

Three operators of a nationwide, Florida-based janitorial service staffed “almost exclusively” with illegal immigrants, now reside in a federal prison. Their assets valued at $3.6 million have been seized and divided among the law enforcement agencies that helped investigate and prosecute them. The Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office received the lion’s share — nearly $700,000 of those assets.

“What started as a local illegal alien case in Grand Traverse County, Michigan became a national federal prosecution that dismantled a company that employed a thousand illegal aliens across the United States,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Hagen Frank, who added the amount is “a fair-share allocation of that forfeited money.”

Sheriff’s officials began a probe in 2005 after a local state employee who was caught selling Social Security numbers and other documents to illegal aliens led investigators to the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa.

The investigation “spiderwebbed” across the country, officials said, ultimately leading to the arrest of hundreds of illegals and the prosecution of the company’s owners.

Richard Rosenbaum was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, Edward Cunningham to four years and three months and Christina Flocken to two years and six months on various criminal charges, including fraud and harboring illegal aliens.

The resort cooperated with federal authorities and was not a target of the investigation.

A complete report in the Traverse City Record-Eagle is available here.

6 Responses to Illegal hiring operation kingpin nets 10 years, Sheriff’s office rewarded

  1. Lindsay W says:

    Law Enforcement officials enforcing the law? John McCain must be sorely disappointed that we are picking on more of God’s children again.

    John Shadegg and Jeff Flake must be firing off a nasty letter to that intolerant and xenophobic Sheriff now.

    Thank you to those heroic law enforcement officers actually willing to enforce our laws. Especially our laws designed to protect our sovereignty.

  2. Evelyn says:

    Fantastic! $3.6 Million seized. Now that’s change we CAN believe in. Great work guys!

  3. Sideliner says:

    How refreshing that this jurisdiction actually values their sheriff’s efforts on enforcing immigration laws. Think how this same effort would play out here where our lousy sanctuary city mayor, phony police chief and Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox all work on behalf of the illegals and try everything in their power to hamstring our sheriff. Add Mesa PD chief to that loathsome lot.

  4. Scott says:

    Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio could make good use of such funds now that the Board of Supervisors and Homeland Security Farce Janet Napolitano are trying to squeeze him out of money and the right to exercise his constitutional law enforcement duties.

    Where do seized assets go in our county cases? Our sheriff could use those proceeds to continue the work we elected him to do.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    It is my sincere hope that Sheriff Joe can somehow have similar policy instituted to benefit his efforts on our behalf. Such funds could offset the money that is being taken from his law enforecement operations.

  6. MAS1916 says:

    So McCain says amnesty proponents are on their own. This is the first good news he’s thrown to those of us who want to respect the rule of law.

    Sheriff Arpaio may need to start his own fundraising efforts though. I am sure he wouldn’t have much trouble. Napolitano and Obama will put the pressure on him to conform or get out. Obama and Gov. Janet will lose, though, as Sheriff Joe has too much national support.

    How twisted is this then….Obama being unable to force a local sheriff into not doing his job.

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