Alabaster woman sentenced for harboring, employing illegal aliens

Published 3:07 pm Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Beverly Linan, former owner and operator of Rodriguez Construction Company in Alabaster, was sentenced to three years probation Wednesday in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to harboring and employing illegal aliens.

Linan, 38, pleaded guilty to a three-count indictment before U.S. District Judge Inge Johnson in March. She was charged with harboring illegal aliens, knowingly employing illegal aliens and a forfeiture count to recover profits made from employing illegal aliens.

Johnson ordered Linan to forfeit more than $75,000 in cash and 11 firearms. More than $10,000 and the Rodriguez Construction property on Elder Drive was forfeited to the federal government in other proceedings.

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance of the Northern District of Alabama said Linan has been using an E-Verify system to demonstrate she has not hired more illegal aliens since her guilty plea.

“The firearms forfeited in this case will be destroyed and the property where (Linan) had previously operated her business will be auctioned,” Vance said in a news release.

Rodriguez Construction performed masonry work in Jefferson and Shelby counties.

The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Alabaster Police Department investigated the case.