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Rubashkin sentenced to 27 years in federal prison

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Rubashkin's family and attorneys react to the sentencing in Cedar Rapids. Rubashkin's family and attorneys react to the sentencing in Cedar Rapids.

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Former Agriprocessors CEO Sholom Rubashkin was sentenced to 27 years in a federal prison and almost $27 million in restitution after being found guilty of 86 counts of financial fraud.

Rubashkin's attorneys opened a press conference following the sentencing by saying that they considered it the beginning of the process and not the end as they plan to file an appeal. Rubashkin's attorneys say the 27 year sentence is essentially a life sentence for the 50-year-old Rubashkin.

The sentence stems from a raid at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville on May 12, 2008, where 389 illegal immigrants were detained.

The prosecution argued that Rubashkin inflated sales at Agriprocessors in order to receive millions of dollars from banks without the collateral to back the loans. They also argued Rubashkin laundered money through a Postville grocery store and a religious school, resulting in $1.5 million being funneled into his personal bank accounts.

"This case serves as a warning to employers that, if you build your business on the backs of an illegal workforce, ICE and other federal resources are there to make you pay the price," Special Agent in Charge for the ICE Office of Investigation Claude Arnold said.

Rubashkin was found not guilty of 67 counts of child labor violations in a Black Hawk County court earlier this month.

 

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