Wally Nguyen operated temp agency in Wilkes-Barre that employed the illegal workers.

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SCRANTON — A federal jury convicted a Montour County man of harboring illegal aliens that were supplied to various manufacturing plants across Northeastern Pennsylvania through a former temp agency on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre.

Wally Nguyen, 47, of Danville, was convicted Thursday of conspiracy to commit money laundering, transportation of illegal aliens, harboring illegal aliens and unlawful employment of illegal aliens.

Federal court documents linked Nguyen to H&T Staffing Services, located at 198 S. Main St., to supply illegal aliens to Newspring Industries in Mount Carmel and Strong Industries in Northumberland from January 2004 through January 2008.

Federal agents raided the H&T office on June 27, 2007, several days after 81 illegal aliens were discovered working at Iridium Industries, a plastics manufacturer in East Stroudsburg.

Nguyen was one of several people who ran H&T Staffing Services that had offices in other areas in Northeastern Pennsylvania, federal court records say.

Jimmy Nguyen, Hew Deng Kong, Sufini Alisaito, Hardy Ko and Can Thach were previously charged and sentenced for their roles in the scheme.

Federal prosecutors said in documents that the company earned nearly $12 million from 2002-07.

Nguyen and others who were charged hired illegal aliens who were placed in various manufacturing industries that, in turn, paid H&T Services for the labor.

Prosecutors said Nguyen and others associated with H&T services cashed checks at a check cashing business in Philadelphia and paid the illegal aliens “under the table” in cash.

Nguyen and others provided transportation to the various manufacturing plants and purchased real estate to provide housing for illegal aliens, according to federal court documents.

Nguyen will be sentenced at a later date.

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