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CASE NAME:United States v. Abrorkhodja Askarkhodjaev
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Arborkhodja Askarkhodjaev, Nodir Yunusov, Rustamjon Shukurov, Kristin Dougherty, Ilkham Fazilov, Viorel Simon, Nodirbek N. Abdoollayev, Andrew Cole, Sandjar Agzamov, Jakhongir Kakhkharov, Abdukakhar Azizkhodjaev, Alexandru Frumusche, Giant Labor Soultions, LLC, Crystal Management, Inc., Five Star Cleaning, LLC
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DOCKET NUMBER:4:09cr143
SOURCE:Bloomberg, DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search, Non-DOJ Press Release
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Ortrie D. Smith
YEAR OF ARREST:2009
YEAR OF VERDICT:2010
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Missouri
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Western District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:200 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female and Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Unknown
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:H-2B visa
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):15
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Construction Industry, Hotel Industry, Casino
FIRST CHARGE:Racketeering and Racketeering Conspiracy to defendants Askarkhodjaev, Yunusov, Shukurov, Dougherty, Fazilov, Simon, Abdoollayev, Cole, Agzamov and Kakhkharov
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. §§ 1962(c) and (d)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:20 years imprisonment, $250,000 fine, 3 years supervised release
SECOND CHARGE:Forced Labor Trafficking
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1589(a)
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:240 months imprisonment, $250,000 fine, 36 months supervised release
THIRD CHARGE:Fraud in Foreign Labor Contract
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. §§ 1351 and 2
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:5 years imprisonment, $250,000 fine, 36 months supervised release
FOURTH CHARGE:Aggravated Identity Theft
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1028A(a)(1)
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
FOURTH CHARGE SENTENCE:24 months imprisonment, $250,000 fine, 12 months supervised released
FIFTH CHARGE:Identity Theft
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1028(a)(7) and 2
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:240 months
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FINE IMPOSED:$500,000
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Judgment
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107186 (W.D. Mo. Oct. 4, 2010)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Deny
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:From 2001-2009, Defendants (mainly Uzbek nationals) recruited foreign laborers from countries including Jamaica, the Philippines, and the Dominican Republic, to come to the U.S. Victims had to to pay a large fee to cover the costs of a visa and transportation to the U.S. Defendants then forced the workers to work outside the terms of their visas, did not pay them for the entirety of their hours, kept the remainder of their wages, charged excessive, unknown fees, threatened them by taking away their visas and charging their families if they were to refused to work. The ring spanned 14 states. The leader, Askarkhodjaev, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, 3 years of supervised released, and $172,000 in restitution.
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