Shipley Do-Nuts, the oddly spelled longtime Houston morning favorite, will be forking over a ton of cash to the feds for using illegal immigrants in the workplace.
The U.S. Attorney's office has announced the company will pay a $250,000 fine and forfeit $1.3 million to the government for harboring illegal aliens.
The company pled guilty to the charges last September, and the sentence was handed down by U.S. Judge Ewing Werlein.
John Morton, Homeland Security assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said -- in so many words -- that the sentence shows that even if you make great chocolate-covered and glazed donuts, you can't escape the long arm of ICE.
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"An effective immigration enforcement strategy must target the illicit labor market that fuels illegal immigration," said Morton. "ICE will hold employers and businesses accountable and will hit those who knowingly break the law where it hurts -- their bottom line."
The illegals worked in the company's factory, which supplies flour and baking supplies to franchises across the south.
"The $1.334 million forfeited to the United States was paid in lieu of the United States forfeiting the company's interest in the various company owned residences where illegal alien employees were housed during the conspiracy," ICE said.
Three supervisors were also fined and received six-month probations. Company president Lawrence Shipley III was fined $6,000 and also got six months of probation.