Ex-Manager Of Iowa Meatpacking Plant Arrested

U.S. immigration agents have arrested a former manager of a kosher slaughterhouse on immigration charges. Sholom Rubashkin faces charges related to Agriprocessors' hiring of illegal immigrants, including aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Now, a new development in a story that we've been covering. Today, police arrested the former manager of the nation's largest kosher meatpacking plant in Iowa. Shalom Rubashkin is the highest level manager to face charges.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

Rubashkin allegedly loaned money to illegal immigrant workers to help them buy false documents. It all started with an immigration raid last May, when federal agents arrested hundreds of workers. Since then, the state of Iowa has also brought a string of charges for wage and child labor violations.

SIEGEL: The company, Agriprocessors, had no comment today, but a lawyer for the plant's owner, who is Rubashkin's father, called the latest charges a vendetta, and since the plant's beef production has been temporarily shut down, he warned of an impending shortage of kosher meat.

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