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May 18, 2012 8:50 AM by AP

Man admits role in hiring illegal immigrants

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Metairie man who worked for a home elevation and shoring company has pleaded guilty to a charge he engaged in a plot to employ illegal immigrants.

Twenty-nine-year-old Adolfo Hernandez faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine following his guilty plea Thursday to a conspiracy charge.

Hernandez worked as a crew manager, machinery operator and employee recruiter for Ponchatoula-based Louisiana Home Elevations.

Federal prosecutors say he conspired with the company's owner, Christopher Benson, to shield illegal immigrants from detection by providing them employment.

A trial for Benson is scheduled to start Aug. 20.

Hernandez's sentencing is set for Aug. 23.

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