New sentence next for man in forced labor case

Associated Press

Detroit — A former tennis pro from Africa is returning to Detroit federal court after an appeals court threw out his conviction for forcing children into hard labor.

Jean-Claude Toviave will get a new sentence Monday for fraud and immigration crimes, the convictions that still stand.

Toviave, a native of Togo, helped four children emigrate from that country in 2006 with fraudulent papers. They said they were beaten if they didn’t follow orders to vacuum, iron, cook, clean and shine shoes at their Ypsilanti home.

An appeals court in August said the children’s treatment was “reprehensible” but not a federal crime.

Prosecutors want a five-year prison sentence on the remaining convictions. Toviave has been locked up for more than three years. He hopes that’s enough for Judge Arthur Tarnow.