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State fines Agriprocessors nearly $10 million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A state agency has fined a Postville kosher slaughterhouse nearly $10 million for alleged wage violations.

Labor Commissioner Dave Neil assessed the civil penalties against Agriprocessors for what he calls repeated violations of Iowa's wage laws from January 2006 to June 2008.

The alleged violations include illegally deducting sales tax and miscellaneous costs, illegally deducting charges for frocks and failing to pay dozens of workers their last paycheck after a May raid by federal immigration agents.

The civil penalties total more than $9.9 million.

An Agriprocessors spokesman didn't immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

The company also operates a plant near Gordon, Neb.

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