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CASE NAME:United States v. Mordechai Yosef Orian et al
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Mordechai Yosef Orian a.k.a. Motty, Pranee Tubchempol a.k.a. Som, Ratawan Chunharutai, Podjanee Sinchai, Jospeh Knoller
CITATION:2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 152357
DOCKET NUMBER:10-00576
SOURCE:Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
RELATED CASE CITATION:EEOC v. Global Horizons, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105993 et seq.
TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Richard J. Puglisi
YEAR OF ARREST:2011
YEAR OF VERDICT:2011
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Hawaii
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:600
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female and Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Thailand
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Unknown
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):6
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Agricultural Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to Defraud the United States/Conspiracy to engage in forced labor
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:
SECOND CHARGE:Forced Labor
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1589
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:
THIRD CHARGE:Forced Labor
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C § 1589
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:
FOURTH CHARGE:Principals/Documents Servitude
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 2
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
FOURTH CHARGE SENTENCE:
FIFTH CHARGE:Bringing in and Harboring Aliens
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1324
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Dismissed
FIFTH CHARGE SENTENCE:
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FORFEITURE IMPOSED:
FIRST CLAIM:
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FIRST CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
DAMAGES AWARDED FOR FIRST CLAIM:
SECOND CLAIM:
SECOND CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:
SECOND CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
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THIRD CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
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FOURTH CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
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FIFTH CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
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SIXTH CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
DAMAGES AWARDED FOR SIXTH CLAIM:
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APPEAL:No
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:The government alleged that defendants conspired to hold 600 Thai nationals in a condition of forced labor and service. The object of the conspiracy was to obtain and maintain a cheap and compliant work force for large agricultural farms. The Defendants kept the workers on the farm in a condition of servitude by forcing them to incur substantial debt and through threats of deportation, arrest, and repatriation. Defendants forced the workers to incur debts from $9,000 to $27,000 in order to come to the United States to work. The government dropped the charges after determining that it could not reach the standard of proof required for criminal charges.
Approval Status:Approved
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