Philadelphia construction company owners admit using illegal immigrants in N.Y.

The owners of a Philadelphia-based construction company have been sentenced for admitting they hired illegal immigrants.   

John and Anthony Cimino, who own LTCI Limited, admitted in Federal Court in Upstate New York that they used illegal immigrants to refurbish a movie theater near Syracuse.  

John Duncan of the U.S. Attorney’s office there says the Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials acted on a tip.  

“Investigators followed up on that and found that eight workers, working for this company who were housed in a local housing project, were being transported over to the worksite in a van they stopped checked ID’s and found out that all these individuals were illegal,” said Duncan.

The two men, who live in Bucks County, have been sentenced to six months house arrest, and three years of probation.  

They have also been penalized almost $1 million for underreporting payroll taxes for overtime paid to the workers.

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