Both are senior supervisors. One runs the beef kill and three other departments. The other, poultry kill and three other departments.
Both men report directly to the plant manager. He reports directly to Sholom M. Rubashkin.
Both supervisors allegedly knowingly allowed illegals to work and provided them with false IDs and documents, as…
…The Des Moines Register reports:
Two supervisors arrested at Postville plant
BY GRANT SCHULTE
Federal authorities arrested two plant supervisors at the Postvillle-based Agriprocessors, Inc. this morning for allegedly helping many undocumented employees work at the kosher meatpacking plant illegally, according to a federal complaint unsealed today.
Immigration agents arrested Martin De La Rosa-Loera and Juan Carlos Guerrero-Espinoza and were driving them down to Cedar Rapids for court hearings, said U.S. Attorney spokesman Bob Teig. Authorities also are searching for a third worker, Teig said, who will be identified later this afternoon.
The complaint also alleges that several of the illegal workers traveled to Des Moines in April to obtain false identification papers.
De La Rosa-Loera and Guerrero-Espinoza work as plant supervisors, according to the complaint. Both were charged with aiding and abetting the use of fraudulent identification documents. De La Rosa-Loera oversees four areas of the plant, including the poultry kill department; Guerra-Espinoza supervises four areas including the beef kill department.
The arrests come more more than a month after federal agents stormed the plant and detained 389 immigrant workers in the largest single-site immigration raid in American history. A federal affidavit released after the May 12 raid suggested that plant managers had abused workers and knew that much of the plant’s work force was undocumented.
According to the complaint:
The charges stem from the testimony of several illegal workers, including one — identified in court papers as “Source 3” — who testified to a federal grand jury on June 10.
Source 3 testified that, about two weeks before the raid, De La Rosa-Loera told the employee that he/she could no longer work at the plant because his/her social security number was invalid.
The worker then traveled with his/her immediate supervisor and three other employees to buy fake identification papers in Des Moines. Several days later, De La Rosa-Loera told the worker that it was OK to return to work without presenting the new ID.
The supervisor who traveled to Des Moines — an illegal worker identified as “Subject C” — testified that De La Rosa-Loera told him/her in late April to get new identification papers, and allowed him/her to continue working at the plant. Other workers whose documents were flagged traveled out of state to get new false papers.
A former human resources worker at the plant — identified as Source 4 — told federal authorities that Guerrero-Espinoza would occasionally bring resident alien cards to the office for new workers to be hired.
In the days before the raid, Guerrero-Espinoza told employees that they would need new work papers and asked for money. Guerrero-Espinoza told one illegal worker that he/she would need $200 and a photograph to work at the plant. The worker paid Guerrero-Espinoza, who then gave the worker a fake name. In another case, Guerrero-Espinoza asked a worker for $200 for a new social security number and $20 for gas.
These two supervisors were also allegedly involved in the used car fraud and extortion allegedly committed by Hassam Amara, the Agriprocessors supervisor who allegedly fled to Israel.
Look for an announcement about Amara from the US DOJ soon.
US V. Juan Carlos Guerrero-Espinoza.pdf
[Hat Tips: Kishekeman for the Register story and Chaim Yankel for the US V. Guerrero-Espinoza pdf.]