Company Harbored Illegal Aliens in PA

A Texas-based company that does work for oil and gas drilling companies, along with its field supervisor in central Pennsylvania, have agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of harboring and transporting illegal aliens.

GPX of Sealy, Texas, has agreed to forfeit $250,000 and pay a $25,000 fine. 43-year-old Douglas Wiggill, a Canadian citizen living in Fort Worth, will plead guilty to a violation of aiding and abetting the improper entry of aliens into the United States.

Both plea agreements are subject to the approval of the Court. A court date has not yet been scheduled.

The US Attorney’s office says the company transported 19 illegal aliens for a project in the Williamsport area in May of 2011. The company certified that all its workers were authorized to work legally in the US, but they were not. In June of 2011, Williamsport Police along with investigators with the Department of Homeland Security arrested the 19 illegal aliens at apartments rented for them by Wiggill and GPX.

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