A Livingston woman pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to defrauding clients by taking fees to advertise for temporary workers and then not placing some of the advertisements.
Linda D. White, 64, faces a possible prison sentence, fine and restitution when she is sentenced by U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a release. White pleaded guilty to altering and falsifying records in a federal investigation.
White operated Linda White and Associates from 2010 to 2012 and represented hundreds of employers seeking temporary workers for their agriculture companies. The U.S. Department of Labor requires that companies try to hire domestic workers through newspaper advertisements before hiring the foreign workers with the necessary work visas.
The fees that White charged ranged from $450 to $675 per client.
Green said an audit of White’s business raised concerns and White admitted submitting false documents to the Department of Labor.
“Defrauding clients and attempting to cover up the fraud during a federal audit is a quick path to becoming a federal felon,” Green said in the release. “We will continue to aggressively pursue those who seek to defraud and obstruct the important oversight missions by the U.S. Department of Labor and other federal agencies.”
The Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation handled the investigation.