Feds settle immigration case with Live Oak's Pilgrim's Pride

Published: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 8:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 8:47 a.m.

A federal investigation into Pilgrim's Pride Corp. included a raid by immigration officials at the poultry processing plant at Live Oak nearly two years ago. The investigation has apparently ended with an agreement between federal officials and the company.

In April 2008, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency conducted an surprise work site enforcement and identify-theft investigation at the plant in Live Oak during which 27 workers were arrested. Similar operations were conducted at four other company locations in 2007 and 2008, resulting in 311 arrests in addition to those in Live Oak.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas and immigration officials announced they have reached an agreement that will end the investigation without civil or criminal charges being filed against the company. Company officials have agreed to pay the federal government $4.5 million over three years.

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