Agriprocessors pleads not guilty to 12 charges
By Trish Mehaffey
CEDAR RAPIDS — Agriprocessors Inc. pleaded not guilty today in U.S. District Court to 12 counts involving harboring and aiding abetting undocumented workers, document fraud, identity theft and bank fraud.
No representatives from the company were at the arraignment. Their attorney, Kevin Nash of New York, participated by telephone conference.
The trustees of the kosher meatpacking company in Postville attended the hearing but didn't participate.
The 12 counts of a second superseding indictment against Agriprocessors are:
• Conspiracy to harbor undocumented immigrants for profit.
• Harboring and aiding and abetting the harboring of undocumented immigrants for profit.
• Conspiracy to commit document fraud.
• Aiding and abetting document fraud.
• Five counts of aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft.
• Two counts of bank fraud.
Sholom Rubashkin, Agriprocessors former CEO, and three supervisors — Brent Beebe, Hosam Amara and Zeev Levi — and a human resource employee, Karina Freund, also are charged in the indictment. All have pleaded not guilty except Amara and Levi, whom authorities haven't located.