Agriprocessors human resource worker pleads guilty
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- A former human resources employee at a northeast Iowa kosher slaughterhouse has pleaded guilty to a federal charge for helping hire illegal immigrants to work at the plant.
Karina Pilar Freund, who worked in the human resources department at Agriprocessors Inc. in Postville, had faced charges of conspiracy to harbor undocumented immigrants and harboring and aiding and abetting the harboring of undocumented immigrants for profit,
During a hearing this afternoon, the 29-year-old from Fayette pleaded guilty under an agreement with prosecutors to a misdemeanor count of aiding and abetting a pattern or practice of hiring undocumented immigrants. She faces up to six months in prison and some fines.
The U.S. attorney's office says Freund is free on bond pending sentencing. A sentencing date will be scheduled after a presentence report is prepared.
Today's hearing wasn't the last of Freund's legal troubles involving Agriprocessors. She and other company officials are scheduled to go to trial in April on more than 9,000 charges alleging child labor violations at the plant.