BOSTON — Eight Maine employers were fined a total of $78,977 during the 2012 federal budget year that ended Sept. 30 for a variety of immigration employment violations, following investigations and audits by the Homeland Security Investigations division of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The fines are the result of federal inspections of Form I-9 documents that employers maintain to affirm each employee’s identity and eligibility to legally work in the United States. Fines are imposed when irregularities are detected.
While the number of violations was up from six in 2011 to eight in 2012, the dollar amount of the fines levied in Maine in 2012 is down significantly from last year, when fines totaling $150,018 were levied against six Maine employers.
Employers fined in Maine for 2012, according to ICE, are:
• Artstock, Inc., aka Artist & Craftsman Supply Company, of Portland, $12,584.
• ASAP Taxi of Portland, $7,153.
• Farrens Harvesting and Land Leveling Inc. of Columbia, $9,490.
• King China, Inc. of Calais, $9,100.
• Maine International Labor, Inc. of West Gardiner, $13,898.50.
• My Tai, Inc. of Presque Isle, $13,744.
• New Fay Da Restaurant, Inc., aka Happy China Buffet, of Bangor, $11,220.
• Three Sons Lobster and Fish of Portland, $1,777.
During the 2012 period, there were 22 inspections in Maine of employers’ Form I-9 documents. In previous years in Maine, there were 23 inspections in 2011, 11 in 2010 and five in 2009. Those inspections resulted in $150,018 in fines against six employers in 2011, $7,013 in fines against two employers in 2010, and a fine of $9,753 against a single employer in 2009.