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Two Ukrainians illegally arranged for immigrants to work in Florida

According to the statement US Department of Justice, A Key West resident pleaded guilty Nov. 22 to an immigration conspiracy linked to the activities of several Key West labor companies.

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According to court documents and statements made in court, from January 2016 to at least January 2021, Alexander Morgunov, formerly of Key West, helped manage Paradise Choice LLC, Paradise Choice Cleaning LLC, Tropical City LLC Services" and LLC "Tropical City Group". These are labor companies in South Florida.

The staffing companies helped put people to work in hotels, bars and restaurants in Key West and elsewhere, even though these employees were not allowed to work in the United States.

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Morgunov admitted that he and his associates defrauded the IRS of more than $7,9 million in payroll taxes.

Morgunov is to be sentenced on January 31, 2023. He faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison for conspiring to harbor foreigners and force them to stay in the United States. A federal district court judge will issue a verdict after considering legislative factors.

The case is being investigated by the Internal Investigations Division of the US Department of Homeland Security and IRS-Criminal Investigation.

Also previously for tax crimes and immigration fraud was convicted HR manager at Key West Labor. The manager of an employment company in Key West, Florida, was sentenced on August 8 to 48 months in prison for tax and immigration offenses related to these businesses.

Vladimir Ogorodnichuk from Key West helped manage Paradise Choice LLC, Paradise Choice Cleaning LLC, Tropical City Services LLC, and Tropical City Group LLC.

Ogorodnichuk admitted that he and his co-conspirators paid workers without withholding Social Security, Medicare, and income tax from their wages and then failed to report those wages to the IRS, as required by law. Ogorodnichuk also admitted that he and his accomplices defrauded the IRS of more than $3,5 million in payroll taxes.

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In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Jose E. Martinez for the Southern District of Florida sentenced Ogorodnichuk to three years' probation.

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