Sholom Rubashkin, 49, a powerful member of the Hasidic Jewish community and former head of the kosher plant Agriprocessors, is now in police custody after being arrested for harboring illegal immigrants and aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft. The Rubaskhin family has a long checkered history with the law.
Agriprocessors, the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant, is in Postville, Iowa. Rubashkin was arrested in Postville and faces three counts: conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens for profit; aiding and abetting document fraud; and aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft. That could bring ten years and fines of up to $250,000.
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It would seem a bit of a conflict to be a family that is known both for its deeply religious views and its rather long rap sheet.
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