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Former Agriprocessors manager charged; former worker speaks out

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Rubashkin walking out of court in Cedar Rapids Rubashkin walking out of court in Cedar Rapids

By Lauren Squires

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - New charges filed today stemming from the immigration raid at Agriprocessors in Postville. This time against the plant's former manager.

Sholom Rubashkin appeared in federal court in Cedar Rapids Thursday, accused of conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants and helping them get fake i-d's. Rubashkin is the son of agriprocessors owner Abraham Rubashkin.

Thursday, Sholom Rubashkin appeared in court and was released under strict conditions. We had the chance to talk with a former employee about what it was like to work at Agripricessors.

"I think Agirprocessors is a joke, they ripped me off my last check because I broke my hand in a conveyor belt," said Sara Kamp. Kamp worked at Agriprocessors for a month and a half before she was fired after being hurt on the job. "They told me that if I tried to sue them I'm going to be fired," she said.

Kamp didn't get workers comp or a paycheck because Agriprocessors claims she owed money. "When I got fired they went on and took that money out of my check again and gave it back to Agri twice," she said.

She also said she was discriminated against and didn't feel safe. When she heard the news of Rubashkin's arrest, she was relieved. "I'm glad he got arrested, it was the best thing for that man."

But she's not happy he was released. "I think he should sit in jail and do his time. The guy did a crime and should do his time."

Rubashkin's attorney, Montgomery Brown, disagree saying, "an indightment I presume, he'll plead not guilty. He's an american and all he asks is that the courts will give him a fair shake and if it comes to a jury trial , that they'll give him a fair shake."

Sholom Rubashkin was released under strict conditions that he wear a GPS tracking device, turn over his passport, limit his travel to Northern Iowa and hand over a one-million dollar appearance bond, with half due by November 5th.

These latest charges again have rumors swirling in Postville. One worker tells us Agirprocessors let hundreds of temporary workers go Thursday and there's a rumor the company could declare bankruptcy Friday.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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