Do You Feel Sorry For Americans Caught Hiring Illegal Immigrants?

The owner of Annapolis Painting Services pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to knowingly employing illegal immigrants and then laundering the proceeds from that unlawful activity.
Robert Bontempo Jr., 47, of Annapolis’ Bay Ridge community, faces up to 15 years in prison and $500,000 in fines when sentenced Sept. 4 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, where yesterday’s proceedings were held.
“If we want to give law-abiding businesses a fair chance to compete, it is essential that we prosecute employers who profit by hiring illegal aliens off the books,” U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein said in a prepared statement.
Bontempo, who remains free until sentencing, forfeited a large portion of those profits yesterday. Prosecutors said that when Bontempo entered into the plea agreement, he agreed to give up seven homes, 10 vehicles – many of which are used by his painting crews – and more than $26,000 in five separate bank accounts.