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CASE NAME:United States v. Johannes Du Preez
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Johannes Du Preez, Franciska Du Preez, Stanley Fur
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DOCKET NUMBER:04-00008-CR-1-JTC-306-13330-B
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Law Review/Scholarly Article, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
RELATED CASE CITATION:06-13339-BB, USA v. Stanley Fur
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YEAR OF ARREST:2004
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TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Georgia
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Northern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:15 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:South Africa, Zimbabwe
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):3
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Construction Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 371
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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SECOND CHARGE:Harboring Illegal Aliens
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 USC 1324
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APPEAL:Yes
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APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:Docket No. 06-13330 (11th Cir. 2006)
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SUMMARY:

Defendants Du Preez, a husband and wife pair from South Africa, ran a successful granite business in Atlanta, GA. Clients, particularly for its kitchen and bathroom countertops, included Home Depot.   Defendant Fur was the business' accountant, who also assisted in hiring workers. 

The company brought in hundreds of  workers, mostly from South Africa but also from Britain, Zimbabwe, under a special visa program reserved for managers and executives. The workers endured long hours of heavy granite lifting. Their wages went to paying Du Preez for 1.) the cost of immigration document 2.) for housing at a nearby apartment complex. The workers reported being threatened with deportation if they complained about or violated Du Preez's rules. Some reported physical abuse.

Du Preeze set up a shell company in South Africa to help shield the worker's entry into the United States: First they were "hired" by the shell company. Then they were "transferred" to the Atlanta based company.

Du Preez pled guilty to fraud, conspiracy, and harboring aliens. He then disappeared.

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