Joseph Fulmer, 46, is owner of the Stitching Post, a store that sells and repairs sewing machines, prosecutors said.He
pleaded guilty Friday to charges of encouraging and inducing illegal workers to come to the United States, harboring illegal workers, fraud and misuse of government documents and engaging in a pattern of employing illegal immigrants, the U.S. attorney for southern Ohio said.
Federal prosecutors said Fulmer
began making regular trips to Mexico in 2002, approaching Mexican nationals about working for him.He
paid illegal workers in cash and allowed some to live with him, prosecutors said.
Last month, Fulmer
used fake travel documents to allow three illegal immigrants to accompany him on a cruise, U.S. Immigration and Customs officials said.
Two of the three illegal workers have waived their right to appear before an immigration judge and will be deported to Mexico, Immigration and Customs officials said Friday.
Sentencing for Fulmer
was set for July 9.