by Mindy Aguon
Guam - A month before he was set to go to trial on 128 counts of criminal charges, Hua Sheng International President Steven Wang has admitted to underpaying H-2b workers by $5.1 million and owing the Internal Revenue Service more than $186,000. On Monday in the District Court, Wang will plead guilty to mail fraud, visa fraud, money laundering, and willful failure to pay over tax.
According to the plea agreement, Wang admitted that he devised a scheme in July 2005 through October 2009 to secure H-2b visas for 173 alien workers to come to Guam and then paying them significantly below the island's prevailing wage rates. He also admitted to unlawfully lending his workers to other companies and charging them for the labor but not paying the employees.
Wang then wired the money to China and kept the workers on Guam longer their visas allowed for. Wang is scheduled to change his plea in the District Court on Monday morning at eleven o'clock.