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Grain bin builder sentenced to federal prison for employing illegal aliens

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HAWKEYE (KWWL) - The U.S. Department of Justice says a man who hired illegal aliens to build grain bins will spend two and a half years in federal prison.

33-year-old Juan Manzano-Huerta from Hawkeye was sentenced Thursday, February 5th.
He plead guilty last August to one count of harboring, encouraging, and inducing an alien to reside in the United States, and one count of conspiracy to transport, harbor, and encourage and induce aliens to reside in the United States.

In a plea agreement, Manzano admits that in 2012 and 2013, he hired illegal aliens to build grain bins in Iowa and surrounding states for his company, Manzano Grain Bin Services.

He also provided housing for the aliens until they found their own homes, and paid for lodging and gave extra money for the workers when crews traveled out of the area.

Immigration officials began investigating Manzano's company after an illegal alien was injured when a grain bin under construction collapsed on July 31, 2013.
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