Hector Valdez-Loera
Hector Valdez-Loera

A Madison man was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison Wednesday for harboring an illegal alien to work at his local concrete business, U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst announced. 

Hector Valdez-Loera, 42, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III. In addition to jail time, he received three years supervised release and ordered to pay a fine of $79,784. He pleaded guilty on May 24. 

Valdez-Loera was found guilty of hiring illegal aliens who either did not have social security numbers or used those of deceased individuals, Hurst said in a release. 

“He failed to check E-Verify to determine legitimacy of his workers and referred to them as subcontractors, when they were in fact his employees,” Hurst said. “The investigation also revealed that Valdez-Loera provided his financial information to obtain housing for at least two of his illegal alien employees.”

Valdez-Loera was caught after immigration agents were searching for an illegal alien in Ridgeland. Agents then tracked the illegal alien to a job site in Madison and on arrival a number of workers fled into the woods.