Asplundh Tree Expert, Inc., the Montgomery County-based tree removal company, pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally employing undocumented immigrants and will pay $95 million, described by federal prosecutors as the largest payment ever for an immigration-related case.
The Willow Grove-based company admitted its managers hired and rehired undocumented immigrants that employees knew were ineligible to work in the United States, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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After accepting the guilty plea in federal court in Philadelphia, U.S. District Judge John R. Padova sentenced the company to pay an $80 million forfeiture judgement. In addition, prosecutors said, Asplundh agreed to pay $15 million more more to satisfy civil claims related to similar immigration-related allegations.
With 30,000 employees, Asplundh removes brush and vegetation from electric and gas lines,
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