Updated 10/18/2019 10:25 PM
Four newest and dilapidated operators of a Streamwood sheet metal fabrication firm had been arrested by federal immigration officers Friday and charged with hiring thru an Elgin staffing company immigrants residing within the country illegally, the U.S. attorney’s space of job in Chicago acknowledged.
Dora Kuzelka, Eighty one, of Elgin, Kenneth Kuzelka, sixty two, of Chicago, Kari Kuzelka, 56, of Elgin, and Keith Kuzelka, Fifty eight, of Elgin every face the federal charges of knowingly harboring an illegal alien and knowingly taking part in a pattern or be conscious of hiring illegal aliens.
The U.S. attorney’s space of job for the Northern District of Illinois, based mostly in Chicago, acknowledged the Kuzelkas knowingly employed at the least 18 undocumented team at KSO MetalFab Inc. Keith Kuzelka left the firm final twelve months, while the three other Kuzelkas proceed to abet in executive administration positions, the criticism filed in federal court in Chicago says.
Dora Kuzelka, Kenneth Kuzelka and Kari Kuzelka had been arrested Friday morning, while Keith Kuzelka surrendered to authorities Friday afternoon, the U.S. attorney’s space of job acknowledged. All four defendants seemed in federal court in Chicago Friday afternoon and had been ordered launched on recognizance bonds. They’re next to appear in court Oct. 29.
In line with the criticism, Space of birth Security’s investigative space of job in Chicago performed an audit of KSO MetalFab in 2017 and glorious that 36 of the firm’s 67 workers had been suspected of the exhaust of false work authorization paperwork to look at their eligibility for employment. HSI served the firm with a survey of the suspected violations, and the firm replied by testifying it had terminated those 36 workers.
Then Keith Kuzelka, who worked for KSO from 2010 to 2018, contacted authorities in December 2018 and told them KSO worked with a “Company A” to bring encourage at the least 18 of those team as non permanent workers, the criticism says.
“Company A” is Metro Workers Inc., an Elgin replace, the U.S. attorney’s space of job confirmed.
“It sounds as if they fired them and introduced them encourage thru the staffing firm,” acknowledged Joseph Fitzpatrick, spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s space of job.
Keith Kuzelka acknowledged KSO paid the firm a rate as well to to the workers’ wages, based mostly on the criticism. He also alleged an beyond regular time and tax fraud arrangement by the firm.
The U.S. attorney’s space of job did not remark what, if anything, took place to the workers on Friday.
Immigration officers also had been at the Metro Workers space of job on McLean Boulevard in Elgin Friday, nonetheless no arrests had been made there, Fitzpatrick acknowledged. They had been there for “other law enforcement exercise,” he acknowledged.
No one at the replace answered the phone Friday afternoon.
Shawn Neudauer, public affairs officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, referred inquiries to the U.S. attorney’s space of job, announcing, “This matter is part of an ongoing prison investigation.”
The U.S. attorney’s space of job acknowledged it, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Space of birth Security Investigations had been all in favour of the probe and arrests, as used to be the U.S. Division of Labor and the Social Security Administration.
Elgin police acknowledged they had been notified by Space of birth Security investigators Thursday night time about the motion Friday. “They acknowledged there shall be some enforcement motion inner our jurisdiction,” police Cmdr. Rick Ciganek acknowledged.
The notification used to be a courtesy continuously prolonged by outside law enforcement agencies when doing operations in metropolis, Ciganek acknowledged.
• Every day Herald reporter Steve Zalusky contributed to this document.