Two executives at Golden State Fence Company, which helped build the San Diego-Tijuana border fence, were fined today and sentenced to three years of probation for hiring illegal immigrants.

Melvin Kay, the company’s president, will serve six months of home confinement and perform 1,040 hours of community service (about 26 work weeks worth) and pay a $200,000 fine.

Michael McLaughlin, a company vice president, received a similar sentence, but will pay a $100,000 fine.

Judge Barry Moskowitz also ordered Golden State Fence, which has built fences for residential, commercial, and military projects throughout the state, to forfeit $4.7 million.

Acting U.S. Attorney Karen Hewitt, whose office prosecuted the company, said in a news release, “Meaningful employer sanctions, such as those imposed against Golden State and its principals, are an important component of criminal enforcement of illegal immigration across our border with Mexico.”


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