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New charges against Rubashkin and four employees

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- New charges have been filed against former Agriprocessors CEO Sholom Rubashkin, three managers and a human resources employee.

An indictment filed in federal court says in April, poultry managers Hosam Amara and Zeev Levi told another manager that several employees needed to be fired for working under bad documents. According to the indictment Amara and Levi later identified six of those employees that would be allowed to stay if they got new documents. The third manager obtained new fake documents for the workers and gave them to Levi. But, because of problems with the new documents, the workers continued to use the old documents.

The indictment also charges Rubashkin loaned $4,500 in $100 bills to operations manager Brent Beebe. Beebe allegedly gave the money to a supervisor, who in turn gave the money to illegal workers to purchase fake resident alien cards in different names. The indictment says a foreman arranged the purchase of the documents and Rubashkin asked human resource personnel to work on Sunday, May 11, to complete new application paperwork and Beebe was allegedly there during the process.

Approximately 96 fake resident alien cards were confiscated from the Agriprocessors human resources department and 389 undocumented workers were arrested during the raid.

In addition to previous bank fraud charges, the latest indictment also claims Rubashkin made a false certification to a lending bank that Agriprocessors was in compliance with the law despite knowing that the company was harboring hundreds of illegal workers.

Beebe was arrested Friday morning and is charged with conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens for profit, harboring undocumented aliens for profit, conspiracy to commit document fraud, aiding and abetting document fraud and six counts of aiding and abetting identity theft.

Amara and Levi are charged with conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens for profit, harboring undocumented alens for profit, conspiracy to commit document fraud and aiding and abetting document fraud. Authorities are still looking for Hosam and Levi and have issued warrants for their arrest. Anyone with information about their whereabouts should call Immigrations and Customs Enforcement at (866) DHS-2-ICE.

Also charged today was Karina Freund, a human resources employee. Freund was previously charged with harboring undocumented aliens for profit. Friday she was also charged with conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens for profit. Freund was previously released after a court appearance on the condistion she was electronically monitored.

Rubashkin is being held in jail until his court date after being denied bail. Both Agriprocessors and Rubashkin were additionally charged with conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens for profit, harboring undocumented aliens for profit, conspiracy to commit document fraud, aiding and abetting document fraud, six counts of aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft and two counts of bank fraud.

Beebe appeared in federal court on Friday. Arraignments for Rubashkin and Freund are scheduled for Nov. 26, in Cedar Rapids.

Online Producer: Jenn Jarvis

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