Businesman pleads guilty in aliens case

December 10, 1990|By Kelly Gilbert | Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff

The owner of a Pikesville employment agency has pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges that he encouraged illegal aliens to come to the United States from Trinidad to work as nannies in the Baltimore area.

The defendant, Samuel Kaplan, 58, owner of Select Employment Services Ltd. in the first block of Walker Ave., entered his pleas Friday to Senior Judge Herbert F. Murray in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

Prosecutors Joseph L. Evans and Geoffrey R. Garinther said they will recommend an 18-month prison term for Kaplan when he is sentenced Feb. 13.

Specifically, Kaplan pleaded guilty to a felony count of inducing the entry of illegal aliens and a misdemeanor count of referring illegal aliens for a fee.

Kaplan and three Trinidadians were indicted last spring on charges tied to the illegal entry of aliens between Nov. 7, 1986, and March 21, 1989.

One of the Trinidadians, Lallo Badal, was arrested in Florida two weeks ago and is scheduled for arraignment here next week. The other two, Carl Somerson and Maglin Tenia, who allegedly served as Kaplan's agents in Trinidad, are wanted on federal arrest warrants but cannot be extradited, officials said.

Six illegal aliens mentioned by name in the indictment agreed to cooperate with the government in Kaplan's prosecution and agreed to voluntary deportation later. They still are working in private homes here pending completion of the case.

According to Breckinridge L. Willcox, the U.S. attorney for Maryland, Kaplan is the first defendant in the country to plead guilty to the misdemeanor count, which charged him with "engaging in a pattern and practice" of referring illegal aliens to jobs for money. The referral statute was enacted in 1986.

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