Eight charged in George's Processing raid
May 29, 2007
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
SPRINGFIELD, MO. — The United States Attorney’s office for the Western District of Missouri announced that eight employees of Butterfield, Mo.-based George’s Processing, Inc. have been charged with Social Security fraud and immigration violations as part of a raid at the plant by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Social Security Administration agents. Charges included false claims of citizenship in order to obtain employment; illegally entering the United States after being previously deported; and Social Security fraud. Seven of the defendants were arrested during the May 22 raid.
"We have an obligation to preserve the integrity of our nation’s immigration system by enforcing our immigration laws," said U.S. District Attorney John F. Wood, "and the problem of illegal immigration is exacerbated when aliens commit additional crimes, such as Social Security fraud. Innocent American citizens are victimized when illegal aliens use stolen Social Security numbers to obtain employment, which causes real economic harm. This is an ongoing investigation, and we are continuing to process the information we received as a result of yesterday’s law enforcement operation and arrests."