DEFENDANTS SENTENCED FOR ILLEGAL ALIEN HARBORING AND TAX
Syracuse, NY— United States Attorney, Richard S. Hartunian, announced that John Cimino, age 55, of Doylestown, PA, Vice-President of LTCI, Limited, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court to six months home confinement, twelve weekends in a residential reentry center, and three years of supervised release for tax evasion and conspiracy to conceal, harbor, and shield illegal aliens from detection for commercial advantage and private financial gain. Anthony Cimino, age 57, of West New Hope, PA, President of LTCI, Limited, was sentenced to six months home confinement and three years supervised release for conspiracy to conceal, harbor, and shield illegal aliens from detection for commercial advantage and private financial gain.
“Homeland Security Investigations is committed to holding businesses accountable when they knowingly hire an illegal workforce,” said Nick DiNicola, assistant special agent in charge of HSI Albany, NY. “Employers who willfully violate our nation’s hiring laws gain an unfair economic advantage over their law abiding competitors. Our goal is to protect job opportunities for the nation’s legal workers and level the playing field for those businesses that play by the rules.”
In April 2008, agents from the U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations, discovered that LTCI, Limited, a Philadelphia based construction company specializing in the refurbishment of movie theaters, was employing undocumented illegal aliens at their worksite located at the Shoppingtown Mall movie theaters in DeWitt, NY. The investigation revealed that LTCI had hired and employed eight illegal aliens at this site.
A further investigation conducted by agents from the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CID), revealed that during 2007 and 2008, LTCI’s Vice President, John Cimino, who was in charge of the company’s payroll, evaded federal tax owed on the Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return (Form 941) by paying his employees (both legal and illegal) a majority of their overtime wages “off the books.”
In addition to home confinement and supervised release, United States District Court Judge David N. Hurd imposed a fine of $20,000 on each defendant. The Ciminos forfeited $223,000 to the United States as proceeds from the unlawful employment of the illegal aliens. Additionally, the Ciminos paid $622,492 for under-reported payroll taxes owed, which included $225,000 in penalties.