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No Charges For Ohio Plant Immigration Raid

Fri, 08/28/2009 - 4:31am

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Federal authorities say there will be no charges against a Chicago food company whose southwest Ohio plant was the site of a major immigration raid in 2007.

Spokesman Fred Alverson says the U.S. Attorney's office has concluded its probe. Two years ago this month, federal and local authorities rounded up 161 workers at the Koch Foods poultry processing plant in Fairfield.

Most were quickly deported. Authorities said they had used fraudulent documents. Those arrested were from eight countries, including Peru, Mexico and Guatemala

Company officials insisted that they follow the law and bar workers if they learn they're in the country illegally.

The company's attorney says there was no evidence that anyone at Koch knowingly broke the law.

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