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CASE NAME:United States v. Navarrete
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Cesar Navarrete, Geovanni Navarrete, Ismael Michael Navarrete, Villhina Navarrete, Antonio Zuniga Vargas
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SOURCE:Bloomberg, DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search, News Article, Non-DOJ Press Release
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):John E. Steele
YEAR OF ARREST:2008
YEAR OF VERDICT:2008
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Florida
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Middle District Court
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NUMBER OF VICTIMS:12
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female and Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Mexico and Guatemala
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Undocumented
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):5
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Agricultural Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Harboring undocumented foreign nationals for private financial gain (Citation to statute not provided)
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FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:144
SECOND CHARGE:Identity theft (Citation to statute not provided)
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THIRD CHARGE:Beating, threatening, restraining and locking workers in trucks to force them to work for them as agricultural laborers (Citation to statute not provided)
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:144 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$239,882.46
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APPEAL:Yes
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APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:333 Fed. Appx. 488
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APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:Five persons, four of them related, were charged with a range of crimes for a scheme whereby they transported undocumented workers to tomato farms in Immokalee, Florida. They forced their victims to work, keeping control over them with beatings. They also locked their victims inside the back of a truck at night. Two brothers, Cesar and Geovanni Navarrete, were sentenced to 12 years in prison, and their half-brother Ismael Navarrete was sentenced to 46 months. Their mother was sentenced released on time served. A fifth defendant was charged as part of the same scheme, but he apparently was not sentenced along with the other four. It is unclear whether the Navarretes' victims were in the United States prior to their enslavement by the Navarretes or whether they were smuggled into the country. Cesar and Geovanni Navarrete appealed their sentences (it is not clear on what basis), but their attorneys sought to withdraw from the case, which the 11th Circuit permitted as it found the appeals meritless.
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