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American Contractors


Batres brought workers to Minnesota and threatened to report them to immigration officials if they raised complaints about dangerous workign conditions or underpayment of wages. He threatened workers who had been injured that they would be deported if they sought medical attention. One of the workers suffered from spinal fractures after a prefab wall fell on him. Another worker was forced to endure threats and physical restraint. In 2017, he paid $6,000 to bond a man out of ICE custody and then coerced the man to work to pay back his debt; Batres would have received the money back when the man returned to court. Batres admitted to lying on his workers’ compensation insurance policy by reporting he had no employees, which saved him $5,000 in premiums.


Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman

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January 1, 2017

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Name Type Title Plea Information Conviction Sentence
Ricardo Batres Individual Owner Pleaded guilty to one count of labor trafficking and one count of insurance fraud. Batres was sentenced to four months in jail followed by five years probation.
Penal Crimes Charged

Labor Trafficking (one count); Insurance Fraud (one count); Theft by Swindle (one count)

Other Crimes Charged