BRUNSWICK, Ga. (WTOC) — A man has been indicted for his role in a conspiracy to kill a whistleblower that exposed a multimillion-dollar scheme to fraudulently employ undocumented workers.
Juan Rangel-Rubio, 45, Rincon, was found guilty after a five-day trial of conspiring to retaliate against a witness; Conspiracy to kill a witness; Conspiracy to conceal, harbor and protect illegal aliens; and Money Laundering Conspiracy, said David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.
The charges carry a statutory minimum sentence of life in prison and there is no parole in the federal system.
Higinio Perez-Bravo, 52, and Rangel-Rubio’s brother Pablo Rangel-Rubio, 53, are awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in the conspiracy to kill Eliud Montoya.
Montoya was an American citizen who exposed a scheme to hire and abuse others and was murdered on August 19, 2017, near his home.
According to court records and evidence presented to the jury, Rangel-Rubio worked as a supervisor at Wolf Tree, a contracting company that performed tree-cutting services on utility rights-of-way.
Officials say Juan and Pablo conspired to hire people to work for the company, then funnel the paychecks to their own bank accounts where they skimmed some of the pay for themselves.
Thanks to this scheme, the conspirators brought in more than 3.5 million dollars.
Mr. Montoya, a US citizen who also worked at Wolf Tree, witnessed his co-workers being mistreated and complained to the company and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
After Mr. Montoya exposed the scheme, Pablo Rangel-Rubio arranged Mr. Montoya’s murder by paying Perez-Bravo for the use of his vehicles and to act as a getaway driver when Juan Rangel-Rubio shot dead Mr Montoya. .
Sentencing of the three defendants will begin in November in US District Court.
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