The head of a California furniture manufacturing company has been charged with criminal violations resulting from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation of the business’ employment practices. The company’s president has been charged with one count of obstruction of justice and one misdemeanor count of continuing to employ unauthorized workers. The charging documents allege that the president advised ICE that the unauthorized workers identified during the government’s prior audit, were terminated from the company’s employ, when the company, in fact, continued to employ nearly 20 of these unauthorized individuals. The government further alleges that the business took affirmative efforts to hide these workers from the investigating agents. If convicted, the president faces a maximum sentence of 66 months in prison. Additionally, the company’s vice president was charged with one count of continuing employment of unauthorized workers a few weeks ago. According to the charges, the vice president knew that many of the furniture company's employees were unauthorized and continued to employ them. The vice president has already agreed to pay a $5,000 fine and also faces a maximum sentence of up to six months in prison.