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Raid At Poultry Plant Results In More Than 100 Arrests

by 5m Editor
23 May 2007, at 10:59am

KANSAS CITY - More than 100 workers at the George’s Processing poultry plant in Butterfield were arrested Tuesday as part of a federal investigation into illegal immigration, Social Security fraud and other immigration-related violations.

Special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General served two federal criminal search warrants at the Barry County plant as part of an investigation into identity fraud and employment of illegal immigrants.

In a written statement Tuesday, Pete Baird, assistant special agent in charge of the immigration agency’s Office of Investigations in Kansas City, said: “This case is particularly troubling due to the existence of Social Security and identity fraud in addition to numerous immigration-related violations.”

In a telephone interview, Tim Counts, spokesman for the agency, said George’s has not been charged with any offense or criminal action, but he would not speculate on future charges.

Source: TheJoplinGlobe

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