News/US: Two Convicted in Immigrant Case

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Subject: News/US: Two Convicted in Immigrant Case
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Sep 29 1999 - 11:24:59 EDT


Comment:

Under the Smith Bill under consideration in Congress, the people trafficked
into the US to working in this floor cleaning business, would not receive
any special consideration as victims of trafficking. However, the Bill
advance by Wellstone would protect these people.

Melanie....
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Two Convicted in Immigrant Case
September 22, 1999

ATLANTA (AP) - A Russian couple was convicted of conspiring with an
employment agency to dupe illegal immigrants into working in their
floor-cleaning business in the United States.

Albina and Oleg Zlatogur were found guilty Tuesday and face up to 20 years
in prison at a sentencing hearing Nov. 30.

One witness said the scheme led to as many as 40 Russian immigrants being
brought to the United States illegally.

A New York City employment agency brought over the immigrants and the
Zlatogurs, knowing they were not authorized to work, used them in their
floor-cleaning business in Atlanta and Albuquerque, N.M., prosecutors said.

The operators of the employment agency, Marina Grishkova and Alla
Kashperko, also were charged. Ms. Grishkova pleaded guilty and testified
against the Zlatogurs. Kashperko is a fugitive.

Melanie Orhant
morhant@igc.org
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