Mall kiosk owner gets 6 1/2 years for fraud, money laundering

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The man behind dozens of mall kiosks in Virginia and other states has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years on charges he illegally hired Israeli nationals.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that 36-year-old Omer Gur was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty on July 6 to conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to launder money.

Court documents say Gur, originally from Israel, illegally recruited foreign nationals to enter the U.S. from Israel and put them to work selling skincare products at mall kiosks.

Prosecutor Brian Samuels said Rasko brought in $14 million using the workers.

Barry Boss, Gur's attorney, argued that Gur's employees were treated better than most people working in the country without legal permission.

Samuels said Gur got the American dream "in the wrong way."

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