Jobs agent sentenced in illegal-alien scheme


The owner of a Pikesville employment agency has been fined $10,000 and sentenced to 179 days in a federal halfway house on a four-year suspended prison term for bringing illegal aliens into the United States from Trinidad.

The aliens were employed in private homes in the Baltimore area where most worked as nannies and some tended elderly people. Judge Herbert F. Murray sentenced the defendant, Samuel Kaplan, 58, late Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The judge also ordered Kaplan to perform 100 hours of community service.

Kaplan, who owns Select Employment Service Ltd. in the first block of Walker Ave., is the first defendant in the United States to be convicted of "engaging in a pattern and practice" of referring illegal aliens to jobs for a fee. Conviction was under a statute enacted in 1986 as part of the the Immigration Control and Reform Act.

Kaplan pleaded guilty in December to one count of inducing the entry of illegal aliens, in addition to the alien-referral count.

Lallo Badall, a Trinidadian who recruited the undocumented workers for Kaplan, pleaded guilty to the alien-referral charge early this month here.

Prosecutors Joseph L. Evans and Geoffrey R. Garinther said Badall recruited at least 145 women for Kaplan, who found them in jobs in upper-middle-class homes here after they entered this country on visitors' visas.

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