OCAHO Fines Construction Company $228,000 for I-9 Violations

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A recent assessment by the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) resulted in a fine of $228,000 against M&D Masonry, a Georgia construction contractor, for I-9 violations. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted an audit of the Company in 2010, and had assessed a fine of $332,000. 

The ICE investigation was initiated after an M&D representative was quoted in a news article stating the company employed undocumented workers. ICE ultimately alleged over 339 violations at $981 each. Among the violations were failures to sign Section 1, failures to check a status, checking more than one status, failures to provide both List B and List C documents, and recording unacceptable documents.

I-9 violations are serious, and large fines like this one are not uncommon. Planning ahead, such as by conducting preventative audits and providing I-9 training, can prove invaluable should your company be selected for an audit.

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