Ex-plant manager admits role in immigration scheme
IOWA CITY (AP) — A former Iowa slaughterhouse manager has admitted to conspiring to harbor and recruit immigrants who entered the country illegally and then fleeing to Israel after the plant was raided in 2008, according to a plea agreement filed Thursday.
Hosam Amara, will plead guilty Friday to one count of conspiring to harbor undocumented immigrants for profit, under terms of the plea deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cedar Rapids. In exchange, prosecutors will dismiss several other counts of harboring immigrants and document fraud returned against him in a 2009 indictment.
Amara had managed the second shift on the poultry side of the Agriprocessors Inc. plant in Postville, which once was the nation’s largest kosher slaughterhouse.
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