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Pennsylvania attorney sentenced for hiring illegal aliens

PHILADELPHIA - Robert Kramer, 56, of Philadelphia, was sentenced on Sept. 15 to one year of probation, to include six months of home confinement for his role in a scheme to employ illegal immigrants at a chain of car washes. Kramer pleaded guilty, June 1, 2009, to employing at least 50 illegal immigrants, with constructive knowledge that they were not authorized to work in the United States after an investigation by special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Kramer was the general counsel of Mace Security International and the Chief Operating Office of Car Care, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mace. Car Care operated more than 50 car washes in six states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey. According to the information, Car Care hired undocumented workers, gave those workers the names of former employees, and then paid the undocumented workers with checks in the names of the former employees. From at least 2000 through March 13, 2006, Car Care employed the undocumented workers at car washes under Kramer's supervision in Norristown, Flourtown and Bryn Mawr, Pa., and Cherry Hill, N.J.

U.S. District Court Judge Darnell C. Jones, II, also ordered Kramer to pay a $75,000 fine to be paid with personal, not corporate, funds. Judge Jones also ordered Kramer to perform, at the Court's direction, community service to consist of speaking to law students on the topics of corporate and professional responsibility.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Judy Goldstein Smith and Scott Cullen.