GULFPORT, Miss. - Howard Industries, Inc., one of the largest employers in Mississippi, pled guilty in federal court Thursday to knowingly violating the federal criminal conspiracy law in its employment of illegal aliens at the company's electrical transformer plant in Laurel, Miss., following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Read the rest of the press release here. That should open 600 jobs for unemployed Mississippians. Unfortunately prosecution touched only the company HR guy and did not nail any execs. Still, a $2.5 mil fine is a good start. I wonder what $2.5 million represents as a fraction of the profits for one year.