On March 24, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the operators of ADB Services Inc., a Key West Labor Staffing Company, pleaded guilty to tax conspiracy and immigration charges related to the operation of their business.

Former City of Key West Police Officer Igor Kasyanenko and Roman Riabov both pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to defraud the United States and harbor aliens and induce them to remain in the United States. Mikus Berzins and Andrejs Kozlovs both pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly hiring 10 or more aliens who were not authorized to work in the United States.

According to court documents, Berzins, Kasyanenko and Riabov owned and operated Phoenix ADB Services, Inc. from approximately 2014 to 2020.  Kozlovs worked for the company from approximately 2016 to 2020. All four men admitted to facilitating the employment of individuals not authorized to work in the United States. The individuals gained the ability to work in hotels, bars, and restaurants in Key West and other locations. 

The DOJ reported that the men admitted to paying the employees “without withholding Social Security, Medicare and income taxes from their wages, and then did not report those wages to the IRS.”  According to court documents, Kasyanenko and Riabov admitted they “encouraged” workers to enter the United States and remain in the country, in violation of immigration laws.

All four defendants face up to five years in prison, a period of supervised release, and monetary penalties. In addition, Kasyanenko and Riabov may be required to pay restitution. The men are scheduled to be sentenced on May 27. 

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