Owners of a Spring Hill company pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens for commercial advantage.
James Humbert, Kimberly Humbert and Charles Stevens II owned Advantage Framing Systems, Inc., a contracting company. The trio was sentenced to one year and one day in prison. As part of a plea agreement, they admitted to a payment scheme that required crew leaders to obtain insurance. Advantage Framing would then pay the crew leaders who paid undocumented workers. The company paid 32 crews about $4.6 million.
Advantage Framing provided local builders and contractors with engineered floor, pre-built wall panels and roof truss systems, along with onsite framing erection labor. The company had two components. Advantage Framing Systems, Inc., was the umbrella for the framing services and trucking. Advantage Component Systems, Inc., carried out the equipment, lumber, inventory and design functions.
The company did not pay the employer’s share of Social Security payments, workers compensation or unemployment insurance benefits to lawfully-employed worker.
The investigation began in March 2012 when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service received information that the owners of Advantage Framing and its components employed undocumented workers.
According to the indictment, James and Kim Humbert practiced running an escape drill in the event that immigration officials visited the business.