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Indonesian man living in Pennsylvania pleads guilty to conspiracy to transport illegal aliens

SCRANTON, Pa. — An Indonesian man living in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy in connection with transporting illegal aliens. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation.

Kerin Hamim, 41, living in Scranton, pleaded guilty to the charge at a hearing in U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Hamim is charged with committing the offenses between September and March.

In the alleged conspiracy, Hamim facilitated the employment of dozens of illegal temporary employees to a meat packaging business located in Scranton. It is alleged that Hamim knowingly provided transportation for the illegal workers and paid the illegal workforce in cash on a weekly basis.

The defendant faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, followed by a term of supervised release and a fine.