Agriprocessors manager arrested for conspiracy

by Keith Nunes
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CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA — Sholom Rubashkin, a former manager with Agriprocessors, Inc., a meat slaughterer and processor in Postville, Iowa, and son of company owner Abraham Rubashkin, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to harbor undocumented immigrants for financial gain as well as document fraud and identity theft. Mr. Rubashkin’s arrest occurred one day after Laura Louise Althouse, 38, a former employee in the Agriprocessors human resources department, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens and one count of aggravated identity theft. Two other Agriprocessors supervisors face federal immigration charges.

According to documents filed in federal court, Ms. Althouse conspired with others to harbor illegal aliens at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville. The documents stated that she harbored the aliens for commercial advantage and private financial gain. The information also stated Ms. Althouse possessed and used, without lawful authority, a resident alien number that was assigned to another person in committing the harboring offense. She faces a minimum of two years and a maximum of 12 years in prison as well as a $500,000 fine.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) agents raided the Agriprocessors facility on May 12 and arrested 389 people. The raid was the largest single-site immigration raid in U.S. history, according to I.C.E.

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