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.