$145,000 in Forfeitures and Two Year Probation Sentence for St. Louis Landscaping Business and Owner Convicted of Employing Illegal Aliens and Visa Fraud

In June 2012, Robert Brake, along with his company, Brake Landscaping & Lawncare Inc., pled guilty to misdemeanor charges of employing illegal aliens and one felony count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud. As a result of the convictions, on September 14, 2013, Robert Brake and his business were sentenced to two years of probation and the company was required to pay $145,000 in forfeitures. The sentences came after an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General, which revealed that between March 2007 and February 2010, Robert Brake and his company illegally sub-contracted H-2B workers to others for a profit of more than $2 per hour per alien. Robert Brake created Brake Snow and Ice Removal to illegally employ the workers year-round by making it appear that seasonal workers were needed year round. The scheme artificially created a need for workers that didn't actually exist.