Southwest Missouri plant pays fine after hiring undocumented immigrants

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 | 10:32 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — A southwest Missouri poultry processing plant has paid a $450,000 fine after being charged with hiring undocumented immigrant workers.

Acting U.S. Attorney Matt Whitworth announced Tuesday that George's Processing Inc. paid the fine Friday, under a settlement ending a federal investigation of the company's hiring practices.

George's Processing has not admitted or denied guilt.

Immigration agents raided the processing plant in Cassville in May 2007. They arrested 136 people who were in the country illegally, prosecuting 28 for immigration violations. Two company officials were convicted of harboring undocumented immigrants.

Under the settlement, the company must also improve its hiring practices and install a system to ensure its workers are in the country legally.


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