Monday, November 3, 2008
Given all the labor troubles at Agriprocessors (see here for our latest of many posts), ICE's latest announcement comes as no surprise: they've arrested the former CEO of the company for immigration violations. According to ICE's news release:
Sholom Rubashkin, 49, of Postville, Iowa, is charged with conspiring to harbor illegal aliens for profit, aiding and abetting document fraud, and aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft. The charges are contained in a complaint filed today in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.
The complaint alleges that the week before a May 12, 2008, ICE enforcement operation at Agriprocessors in Postville, Rubashkin - then the CEO of Agriprocessors - loaned $4,500 in $100 bills to employees who were known to have bad identification documents. Agriprocessors supervisors later allegedly distributed money to illegal alien employees so that they could purchase new, fake lawful permanent resident cards ("green cards") under different names.
The complaint says an Agriprocessors foreman arranged the purchase of the documents, and that Rubashkin allegedly asked human resources employees to work Sunday afternoon, May 11, to complete new application paperwork for several people. According to the complaint, approximately 96 fake permanent resident cards and application paperwork were seized from the human resources offices the following day. The complaint alleges that approximately 90 of the fake permanent resident cards contained resident alien numbers that were assigned to other people. The following day ICE agents arrested 389 illegal alien workers at Agriprocessors. . . .
If convicted, Rubashkin faces a possible maximum penalty on the conspiracy charge of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and three years of supervised release. On the document fraud charge, he faces a possible maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and three years of supervised release. On the aggravated identity theft charge, he faces a mandatory consecutive two years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and one year of supervised release.
And that's just on the immigration matters. As the linked post notes, the state is pursuing criminal charges for some of the labor violations--particularly violations of child labor laws.
Hat Tip: Dennis Walsh