Leader to be sentenced in Ohio egg farm forced labor case

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The leader of a scheme to smuggle teens into the U.S. and keep them as virtual slaves at an Ohio egg farm is scheduled to be sentenced Monday.

A federal judge delayed sentencing Aroldo Castillo-Serrano in April after learning that he hadn’t given up properties taken from the victims’ families.

Castillo-Serrano is a Guatemalan who is in the U.S. illegally. Prosecutors say he made victims’ family members sign over deeds to their property in Guatemala to pay for transporting the boys, with assurances they would be enrolled in school.

Castillo-Serrano agreed to plead guilty last year to forced labor conspiracy, forced labor, witness tampering and encouraging illegal entry into the country.

Public court records don’t yet indicate whether the property issue has been resolved. A message was left Friday for his attorney.

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