Kansas roofing company accused of forced labor, kickbacks

3 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, June 14 2016 Jun 14, 2016 Tuesday, June 14, 2016 2:25:00 PM CDT June 14, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — The owners of a Kansas roofing company are accused of forcing workers who are in the U.S. illegally to pay kickbacks by threatening to turn them into immigration agents if they didn't.

A 17-count federal indictment unsealed Tuesday in Kansas City, Kansas, accuses Century Roofing owners Tommy Frank Keaton and Graziano Cornolo of profiting from kickbacks since at least 2009.

Prosecutors say workers who were in the country illegally were paid in cash to complete roofing projects in the Kansas City area in Kansas and Missouri, then were forced to give some of the money back.

A spokesman for Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall says no attorneys had entered an appearance for either defendant. Keaton's voice mailbox was full Tuesday and Cornolo doesn't have a listed number.

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