Crime

Feds seek $1.5 million from KCK roofer for hiring workers who immigrated illegally

Federal prosecutors filed a motion Wednesday to forfeit nearly $1.5 million from a Kansas City, Kan., roofing company owner who hired illegal immigrants.

Tommy Frank Keaton, who co-owned Century Roofing, pleaded guilty in February to a charge of harboring illegal immigrants.

As part of a plea agreement, the 71-year-old Shawnee resident agreed to forfeit to the government any proceeds from his illegal conduct.

In Wednesday’s motion filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., prosecutors enumerated a total of $1,492,775 that was seized from eight separate bank accounts during the investigation.

They are also seeking the forfeiture of three rifles and ammunition.

Because he is now a convicted felon, Keaton cannot legally possess firearms or ammunition.

The crime Keaton pleaded guilty to carries a maximum prison sentence of five years. A sentencing date has not been set.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc

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