SECRETARY, Md. (AP):- A company that processes seafood and produces ice on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has been fined $240,000 for visa fraud related to the employment of temporary workers.
The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that the owner of Capt. Phip’s Seafood Inc., was also sentenced to a year’s probation and fined $15,000.
Phillip J. “Jamie” Harrington III, 50, of Dorchester County, also must perform 100 hours of community service. His sentence was handed down Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Ellen L. Hollander.
Harrington did not respond Wednesday to The Sun’s request for comment.
Capt. Phip’s produces and distributes ice and processes seafood in the Warwick River town of Secretary. It participated in the H-2B work visa program and employed temporary foreign workers to fill seasonal positions. According to the company’s guilty plea, the business willfully submitted false and inaccurate job descriptions to obtain lower prevailing wages for its foreign workers.
Harrington admitted in his plea agreement that the company hired and employed workers without lawful immigration status at several other businesses.