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Annapolis Painting Services Owner Faces Charges

| April 11, 2009, 02:59 PM | 6 Comments

Bontempo faces seizure of homes vehicles and a lengthy prison sentence

annapolis-paintingThe Capital is reporting that Robert Bontempo, Jr has been charged by Federal authorities for hiring illegal immigrants and engaging in monetary transactions with property derived from unlawful activity. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in federal prison and $500,000 in fines.

However, according to legal experts, the fact that he was charged by “criminal information” and not “criminal indictment” and that he was not arrested leads them to believe that he has already agreed to a plea bargain in the case.

Eye on Annapolis has previously commented on this case and other illegal immigration issues in the past. What are your thougyhts? Please comment.

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  1. Jesse Barron says:

    At the end of the day, many of our ancestors were immigrants.

    Completely open borders create their own sets of problems.

    However, the US has essentially closed its borders. We need to have immigration policy that allows good, wholesome people to call the US home.

    There has to be a happy medium.

    All I can say is that I am glad that the current policies haven’t been around since the beginning or I may not be enjoying this fine country myself.

    I find it interesting that many of the people who complain of illegal immigration base on it the fact that illegal immigrants are consuming resources without contributing.

    Wouldn’t the logical solution be to make it so that they have to contribute through taxes like the rest of us without fear of being deported? They are already here, like it or not, so at least let them contribute financially.

    It would also fix the problem of them working under the table (and for a lot less) — most wouldn’t want to face the risks of working under the table if they could work legally.

    Sure seems logical to me. Or perhaps logic is not supposed to apply here? I say this because it seems like a lot of racial tensions are tied to the arguments. I would like to think that we’ve matured enough to begin treating people as people, but apparently we haven’t.

    The Baltimore Sun forums provide great examples of this. A lot of the people who rant about illegal immigrants also rant about other races. Never a kind word to be said, of course. Their ignorance is obvious but I guess they think other readers are as ignorant as them?

    I have never heard them complain about European immigrants…

    I really wish race could be separated from the immigration debate. It appears as though we are far away from that happening.

    (No one better try the dumb “oh, but you’re making it about race” argument. Everyone can see past that. I am not “race baiting,” which is a favored term of some — especially during election season. It is not race baiting when you are pointing out the obvious. In fact, by definition, it is not race baiting at all.)

    Jesse Barron’s last blog post..Owner of Annapolis Painting Services Charged

  2. SevernaPark Guy says:

    Cries from the left that these are jobs Americans will not take and another example of “tearing” apart immigrant families…in the middle of the night no less…3….2….1. Oh and Jesse I think people complain about illegal immigrants because, well…they’re illegal.

  3. Jesse Barron says:

    SevernaPark Guy … you miss my point. In the “land of the free,” that was built on immigrants stealing the land from the natives, there should be no such thing as “illegal immigration.”

    Oh, that’s right, I forgot that we are to only cite the Constitution when it is beneficial to our argument. Like the first, second and fifth amendments. We are free to trample all over it when it comes to gay marriage under the all citizens are equal clause — or the “land of the free” when arguing immigration. It is purely a document of convenience.

    Strike that, there should only be “illegal immigration” if people actually had a realistic expectation of being able to immigrate in the first place. There are very few opportunities to do so. At that point, “illegal immigration” could be defined as those who come into this country but do not play by the rules, such as working on the books and paying their rightful taxes. Or something like that — I am sure there is something everyone could agree on.

    We could also make it so that those who do come here that are of working age and physically capable of it, are required to work. By giving them that opportunity, we could crack down on welfare abuse in a systematic way to appeases most voters, left, right or center.

    Believe it or not, there are solutions to many problems. It does not have to be black and white. There has to be compromise. I cannot quite figure out at what point everyone in this country started to think that the way they want things done is the only way things can be done.

    This whole “my way or the highway” mentality of folks is why we are paralyzed. Politicians are busy pandering to their bases because if they try to compromise any, their constituents will deem them either too hard or too soft. It happens in Congress every day so nothing truly constructive happens. Too many people think that their principles are absolutely right, and don’t bother working on a solution that can incorporate some of everybody’s principles.

    The “my way or the highway” (or, to quote Bush, “you are either with us, or against us”) attitude is exactly what the majority of Americans voted out of the executive branch and almost voted out of the legislative branch on November 4th.

    Just to feed into your 3…2…1 comment: The reason why we have so many immigrants is because as a nation, we are fat and lazy and do not want to do anything that resembles physical labor. Outsourcing overseas and the flood of immigrants is indeed caused by lazy and greedy Americans refusing to do work cheaply. That, in turn, helped to contribute to the situation we are in. America hardly provides anything but knowledge. That’s great in theory, except everyone else is busy making the products we consume and are wiping our butts because we are too lazy to and are thereby stocking up on our currency (e.g., China).

    I can assure you that if we become a third world country, it will be nobody’s fault but our own. We’re fat, lazy and greedy. None of those traits are admirable.

    People often confuse statements like that as being leftist but they are actually more to the right. The formula for capitalism calls for getting things done as cheaply as possible.

    Supply and demand (another right leaning statement). Plain and simple.

    Jesse Barron’s last blog post..Sexual Assault by Armed Suspect in Arnold

  4. Jesse Barron says:

    And to those who say “they are coming into our country, refusing to adopt our language, culture, etc.” … guess what? We did the exact same thing to the Indians.

    If you make that argument, you are arguing that they are doing exactly what our ancestors did. I don’t know, but my Momma taught me to choose my battles wisely. That doesn’t sound like that’s a battle I could ever win. To even try to make that argument would be definition hypocritical.

    Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. We’re all illegal immigrants. Ain’t it fun?!

    Jesse Barron’s last blog post..Sexual Assault by Armed Suspect in Arnold

  5. Karen says:

    Seriously, this isn’t an issue about conservatives, liberals or even illegal immigration, really. It’s about a man who chose to ruthlessly break every sort of law to enrich himself.

    Robert Bontempo wasn’t a simple businessman hiring an illegal or two to keep up with the competition, he was a multi-millionaire exploiting his workers to make himself even richer.

    While Bontempo is white, his wife is partially black, and they used that fact to secure millions of dollars in federal grants for minority businessmen!

    While Robert Bontempo’s crimes were the county’s worst-kept secret, it’s a relief for those of us who decide to NOT be criminals to see him finally called on it. His jail time and fine will never be just enough, but let’s hope it’s a starting point and that other crooked businessmen will also get their just rewardss.

    Or -God forbid!- others will see the results of Robert Bontempo’s life of crime and decide to do the right thing.

  6. Eye Spy says:

    Karen, you are correct and I did not know his wife was bi-racial. That whole WBE/MBE program needs to be reworked. Once you are a profitible entity–you lose your preferred status and you compete LEGALLY like every other businessman.

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