Guam – Steven Wang of the Hua Sheng International Group entered a plea of not guilty this afternoon in Federal Court to a 124 count indictment charging him with fraudulently recruiting and under paying Chinese H-2 workers.
Among the specific charges in the indictment are 13 counts of Mail Fraud; 15 counts of Visa Fraud63 counts of Harboring Illegal Aliens and 32 counts of Money Laundering.
At a press conference called this afternoon, U.S. Attorney Alicia Limtiaco said that Wang is alleged to have recruited H-2B workers in China promising to pay them about $11 dollars an hour for work on Guam. Instead, its alleged, that the workers were only paid $5.50 cents an hour, and that they were forced to work 10 hour days, 7 days a week.
U.S. Attorney Limtiaco said “The message to our community is not to abuse the labor force and make sure they’re complying with all of our federal labor and immigration laws and that we are not going to sit back and allow abuses to occur with our labor force.”
Wang was released on his own recognizance with strict conditions. A trial date is set for March 8, at 9:30 am.