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CASE NAME:United States v. Huong Thi McReynolds
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Huong Thi McReynolds, Joseph Minh McReynolds, Vincent Minh McReynolds, James Kelber McReynolds
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DOCKET NUMBER:11-CR-8133
SOURCE:News Article, PACER (docket search)
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. G. Murray Snow
YEAR OF ARREST:2011
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TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Arizona
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult and Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:6 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female and Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Vietnam
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:K-1 (petition for alien fiance) & K-3 (petition for spouse)
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):4
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Cothing/Garment Industry, Domestic Servant
FIRST CHARGE:Forced labor conspiracy
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371 and § 1589
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SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1589 and 2
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THIRD CHARGE:Unlawful conduct with respect to documents in furtherance of forced labor
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1592
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FOURTH CHARGE:Violation of Fair Labor Standards Act
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:29 U.S.C. § 206, § 215, and § 216
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FIFTH CHARGE:Marriage fraud conspiracy
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SUMMARY:Joseph McReynolds and his ex-wife Huong Thi McReynolds were charged by the grand jury with recruiting at least six Vietnamese women, men and children to the United States by promising to assist them with immigration paperwork or under the false pretense that they would be entering into legitimate marriages with U.S. citizens. Once in the United States, the McReynolds forced the workers to labor at the "I Do, I Do/Sweet Nothings" wedding boutique and at the McReynolds' personal home for seven days a week, eleven hours per day, against the workers will and largely unpaid. The McReynolds limited and monitored communication between the workers and their family members; prevented them from learning English; limited their knowledge of the area; and monitored their movements. Finally, the McReynolds led the workers to believe that if they did not continue to work, they and other persons would suffer serious harm.
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