California man gets 8 ½ years for forced immigrant labor
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A California man convicted of forcing immigrants to live in squalid conditions and work construction jobs for little or no pay has been sentenced to more than 8 ½ years in prison.
Job Torres Hernandez also was ordered Tuesday to pay nearly $920,000 in unpaid wages.
The Hayward man was accused of recruiting Mexican workers who were in the country illegally, stiffing them on wages and making them work up to 24 hours at a time for his construction companies.
Prosecutors say Torres housed dozens of workers on makeshift beds in a commercial warehouse and a garage.
Witnesses testified that when workers complained, Torres threatened to harm them or their families or have them deported.
He was convicted of obtaining forced labor and of harboring illegal aliens for commercial advantage.