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Latino Businessman Allegedly Had Mexican Farmworkers Living in Buses And Paid Them Less Than What He Promised

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Santiago Gonzalez, the owner of G Farms in El Mirage, Arizona, is accused of housing 70 Mexican immigrants in school buses and trailers, and not fully paying their wages, The Los Angeles Times reports.

All the workers were legally working at the location under the H-2A temporary visa, the U.S. Department of Labor said, which means Gonzalez was required by law to pay them fair wages and house them in proper living quarters. The workers, with duties that included cultivating and harvesting potatoes, watermelon, and onions, were required to work 40-hour weeks for $10.95 minimum hourly rate, but that was not the case.

Kristina Espinoza, a labor department investigator, told The Los Angeles Times that Gonzalez was paying the workers $0.13 to $0.70 per bag. She also described the farm as a “makeshift labor camp” that was “dangerous” and “unsanitary.”

The conditions of their “home” sound truly terrifying. The workers apparently showered in stalls that were inside a cargo container. They didn’t have a working sewage system, and had to share one toilet in the trailer or resort to using port-a-potties.

Gonzalez responded to the charges by placing the workers at two hotels. But just last week, an employee told the labor department that Gonzalez charged his own employees for staying at the hotel.

The U.S. Department of Labor has reported that H-2A visas have doubled in the past five years, due to the fact that there’s fewer Mexican immigrants coming to the United States.

[VIA: The Los Angeles Times]

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Aaron Hernandez's Fiancée Said He Was Excited About The Possibility Of Coming Home Right Before Suicide

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Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancée Said He Was Excited About The Possibility Of Coming Home Right Before Suicide

Aaron Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, was recently interviewed by TV personality Dr. Phil. In a series of short video clips released today and this week, Jenkins reveals what she thought about Hernandez, his suicide, and the circumstances around his case. She believes to the very end, that not only was Hernandez innocent of all charges, but she also believes he did not commit suicide. Jenkins also denied that Hernandez was bisexual.

Dr. Phil interviewed Shayanna Jenkins, who talked about how she wants people to remember her fiancé, Aaron Hernandez.

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She told Dr. Phil that “everyone is entitled to their opinion,” but also said he was innocent and full of life. Jenkins added she hopes people can put all of this behind them so their daughter can have a future.

She’s very suspicious of Hernandez’s suicide.

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Jenkins said she spoke to Hernandez the night he died and he made no mention of having suicidal thoughts. Apparently, he was “very positive” and even told Jenkins and his daughter that he was excited about the possibility of coming home.

She claimed that the suicide note recovered at the scene was odd.

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She says she believes Hernandez would have addressed the letter and signed off on it differently. Jenkins noted that the handwriting on the note was very similar to Hernandez’s handwriting. She then implied that anyone who wanted to make it look like a suicide had plenty of time to make the handwriting on the note appear authentic.

She’s not sure what purpose, if any, Hernandez had for committing suicide.

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She said she won’t “speculate on what he was thinking or why he may or may not have done it.” When asked if perhaps Hernandez committed suicide so that Jenkins could gain access to the six million dollars contractually owed to Hernandez by the New England Patriots, she said “anything’s a possibility,” but she doesn’t personally believe he did it for the money.

Dr. Phil pressed her about rumors that Hernandez was gay (reports say he was bisexual).

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Jenkins denied it, saying “The Aaron that I know? No.” She also said that Hernandez flat out told her he wasn’t gay when she asked him about the rumors that she’d heard from his defense attorneys.

She also said she’s never heard of his alleged prison lover, Kyle Kennedy.

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She says that rumors of a third suicide note, allegedly left for Kyle Kennedy, were not true. According to Jenkins, there was a note for her, for their daughter and for Hernandez’s lawyers.

Finally, they talked about how Hernandez’s daughter said goodbye.

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Holding her daughter up to say her final goodbye, she touched his hand and put half of a locket in his pocket, and keeps the other half with her. Dr. Phil commended Jenkins on her parentage saying “It’s difficult for me to advise families with children about how to handle things with little ones that don’t have a full concept of death.”

Keep your eyes peeled as Dr. Phil will undoubtedly release more videos in the days to come, as he seems to be stretching out the release of these videos for dramatic effect. Which is understandable, since it involved the biggest and most curious NFL related murder trial since OJ.


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