Murrells Inlet business cited for immigration violation

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A landscaping business in Murrells Inlet has been cited for violating South Carolina's illegal immigration law.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that LC Landscaping & Maintenance is accused of knowingly and willingly employ illegal workers.

State officials began investigating in October after getting a complaint. A settlement agreement says owner Craig Collins admitted knowing an employee was not authorized to work in the United States.

Collins would not comment.

The agreement says the company has fired all workers who are not authorized to work in the U.S. The company must also pay a $250 reinstatement fee.

It's only the second South Carolina company cited since a new law took effect July 1. The other was a Mexican restaurant in the Columbia area.

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