- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - Authorities say a Woodinville drywall installation company and its owner were sentenced to $100,000 in fines and five years of probation for repeated violations of immigration laws.

The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday that 47-year-old David L. Jones pleaded guilty in February to knowingly encouraging and inducing a Mexican national to live in the U.S. in violation of the law.

Officials say the plea comes after three separate investigations and two previous fines paid by his company, DJ Drywall Inc., for the company’s practice of illegally hiring workers. In 2008, DJ Drywall paid a fine of over $32,000, and in 2011, paid over $24,000 in fines related to immigration violations.

While on probation Jones will be required to qualify all his employees through an internet verification system.

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