And a fine that could be as large as $500,000, as…
…the Cedar Rapids Gazette reports:
…Former human resources official pleads guilty
CEDAR RAPIDS -- A human resources employee with a kosher slaughterhouse raided by immigration officials May 12 pleaded guilty to charges this morning for her alleged role in helping illegal workers use false documents.
Laura Louise Althouse, 38, of Postville pleaded to one count of conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens and one count of aggravated identity theft at an 11 o'clock hearing in U.S. District Court.
Sentencing is pending before U.S. District Court Judge Linda Reade. Althouse, who is free on bail, faces two to 12 years in prison, a fine of up to $500,000, another $200 in special assessments and four years of supervised release after leaving prison.…
The Iowa Independent clarifies the sentencing:
…Laura Althouse, 38 and a former human resources department worker at Agriprocessors, pleaded guilty in federal court this morning to one count of conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens and one count of aggravated identity theft.
Court documents indicate that Althouse conspired with others to harbor undocumented workers at Agriprocessors in Postville, and that she did so for commercial advantage and private financial gain. Information from the court also showed that Althouse “possessed and used, without lawful authority,” a resident alien numer that was assigned to another person in committing the harboring offense.
Althouse currently remains free on bond, but her sentencing is pending. She faces a mandatory minimum of two years in prison and a possible maximum of 12 years in prison, a $500,000 fine and 4 years of supervised release.…