Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy and Fraud in Foreign Labor Contracting Charges
WASHINGTON – Andrew Cole pleaded guilty today to racketeering conspiracy and fraud in foreign labor contracting charges arising from his role in a
criminal enterprise that engaged in numerous criminal activities, including forced labor, fraud in foreign labor contracting, v isa fraud, mail fraud, identity
theft, tax evasion and money laundering, the Justice Department announced today.
According to court documents, Cole recruited various foreign nationals from the Dominican Republic by falsely representing the terms, conditions and
nature of their employment as hotel workers in the Kansas City area. At the time Cole recruited these foreign nationals, he knew that they would not be paid
the wages promised, that many would be sent to work in factory positions in Alabama and that threats of deportation and other adverse immigration
consequences would be made to the foreign nationals by members of the criminal enterprise in order to maintain the foreign nationals’ labor.