Between Oct. 1, 2009 and July 31, 2010, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has initiated audits of 1,641 U.S. employers and has issued 172 final fine notices totaling over $4 million. It recently announced that it was bringing federal criminal charges against two Los Angeles-area employers for knowingly hiring illegal aliens. In one prosecution against Masters in Metal, Inc., the owner of the company and his son can face up to six months in prison. According to ICE HSI, an audit of the company’s records revealed 16 employees had used counterfeit resident alien cards to obtain jobs. Although the company claimed it had terminated those employees, ICE HSI subsequently found that two of the employees remained on the payroll. In the other prosecution, an employee of Parker Personnel, Inc. was taken into custody for allegedly hiring illegal aliens and providing them with counterfeit immigration documents. For more information, click here.