According to the US law firm in Chicago, four current and former operators of a sheet metal working company of Streamwood were arrested by federal immigration officers on Friday and charged with hiring immigrants from an Elgin personnel company.
81-year-old Kuzelka from Elgin, 62-year-old Kenneth Kuzelka from Chicago, 56-year-old Kari Kuzelka from Elgin and 58-year-old Keith Kuzelka from Elgin are accused of knowingly harboring an illegal alien knowingly to engage in a pattern or practice of hiring illegal aliens.
The US law firm for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago reported that the Kuzelkas had knowingly employed at least 1
According to the complaint, the homeland security investigation office in Chicago conducted an audit by KSO MetalFab in 2017 and found that 36 of the company's 67 employees were suspected of using fraudulent work permit documents to verify their suitability for employment. HSI informed the company of the alleged violations and subsequently confirmed the termination of these 36 employees.
Then Keith Kuzelka, who worked for KSO from 2010 to 2018, contacted the authorities in December 2018 and informed KSO that she had worked with a "Company A" to bring back at least 18 of these workers as temporary workers.
"Company A" is Metro Staff Inc., an Elgin company, as the US law firm confirmed.
"Apparently they fired them and returned them through the recruitment company," said Joseph Fitzpatrick, spokesman for The US Law Firm.
Keith Kuzelka said that according to the complaint, KSO paid a fee to the company in addition to the workers' wages. He also claimed that the company had been working overtime and tax fraud.
The US law firm did not say what happened to workers on Friday in Elgin Friday, but no arrests were made there, Fitzpatrick said. They were there for "other law enforcement activities," he said.
No one answered the phone on Friday afternoon.
Shawn Neudauer, a public affairs officer for US Immigration and Customs, referred questions to the US Attorney's Office, saying, "This matter is part of an ongoing criminal investigation."
The US Attorney's office said US Immigration and Customs, as well as the US Department of Labor and the US Department of Social Security had conducted homeland security investigations.
They were informed Thursday evening by investigators of the Homeland Security about the action on Friday. "They said there would be some enforcement measures in our jurisdiction," said Police Commander. Rick Ciganek said:
The notice was extended by outside law enforcement agencies during city operations by courtesy.
• Daily Herald reporter Steve Zalusky contributed to this report.