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Willow Grove: Utility Contractor and Power Lines

willow grove: Prosecutors called it the largest monetary penalty ever levied in an immigration case, according to Metro News. The U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia said Asplundh employed thousands of unauthorized workers between 2010 and 2014, its top management remaining wilfully blind while lower-level supervisors hired people they knew were in the country illegally. Asplundh Tree Expert Co. of Willow Grove, a utility contractor best known for pruning and removing trees around power lines, pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal criminal charge and was ordered to pay a total of 95 million. In some cases, the supervisors rehired workers who'd already been let go by the company due to their immigration status. With a motivated workforce, including unauthorized aliens willing to be relocated and respond to weather-related events around the nation, Asplundh had crews which were easily mobilized that enabled them to dominate the market. This decentralized model tacitly perpetuated fraudulent hiring practices that, in turn, maximized productivity and profit, prosecutors said in a statement. ( As reported in the news.