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CASE NAME:United States v. Miguel A. Flores
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Miguel A. Flores, Sebastian Gomez, Andres Ixcoy, Nolasco Castanada
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DOCKET NUMBER:CR-96-806
SOURCE:Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. David C. Norton
YEAR OF ARREST:1996
YEAR OF VERDICT:1997
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:South Carolina
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:25 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Mexico
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Undocumented
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):4
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Agricultural Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Involuntary Servitude
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1584
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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SECOND CHARGE:Collection of extensions of credit by extortionate means
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 894
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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THIRD CHARGE:Transporting and harboring illegal aliens
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:8 U.S.C. § 1324
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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FOURTH CHARGE:Transporting migrant farm workers in unsafe vehicles
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:29 U.S.C. § 1841
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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FIFTH CHARGE:Conspiracy to: hold others in involuntary servitude; collect extensions of credit by extortionate means; transport and harbor illegal aliens within the US; transport migrant farm workers in unsafe vehicles
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Plea
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CORE TERMS:18 U.S.C. § 1584; 18 U.S.C. § 894; 8 U.S.C. § 1324; 29 U.S.C. § 1841; 18 U.S.C. § 371
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:180 months + 36 months supervised release
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$19,807.50
FINE IMPOSED:$1,025 special assessment
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:1999 U.S. App. LEXIS 28082 (4th Cir., 1999)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:

Defendant Miguel Flores operated a business that provided agricultural workers to farmers in South Carolina. Two of Flores’s employees recruited undocumented migrant farm workers from Mexico. Once the workers arrived in South Carolina, they were housed in secluded labor camps. Flores informed the workers that they would be required to work to pay off their smuggling debt. Flores threatened to kill any worker who left the camps. He buttressed these threats by carrying and occasionally discharging a firearm. After one worker complained about the conditions, Flores beat him with a pistol.

Flores pleaded guilty to a number of charges relating to his trafficking scheme, including involuntary servitude and concealing and harboring illegal aliens. He was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment.

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