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Two Clinton County Businesses Plead Guilty To Immigration Offenses

June 29, 2012

Two Clinton County, IL businesses, Behrmann Meat Processing, Inc., and Behrmann Yorkshire Farm, pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens from detection for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain on June 29, 2012, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. The maximum penalty that can be imposed is a $500,000 fine and one to five years of probation.

Both companies came to the attention of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents when three illegal aliens attempted to access Scott Air Force Base. Agents executed a federal search warrant and interviewed Dennis and Clifford Behrmann in their capacities as owners and officers of Behrmann Meat Processing, Inc., and Behrmann Yorkshire Farms. Dennis Berhmann admitted he knew the aliens were illegal and that he continued to employ them. Clifford Behrmann admitted that he rented a house located on Behrmann Yorkshire Farm’s property to one of the aliens. Dennis Behrmann also obtained a phone for them in his name. In addition, records indicate that the Behrmann Meat Processing, Inc., received many Social Security “No Match” letters for the aliens.

The United States has prosecuted the adult illegal aliens that were employed at Behrmann Meat Processing, Inc., and Behrmann Yorkshire Farms. The illegal aliens cooperated with the United States and confirmed their illegal presence and work status in the United States.

The United States and the Defendant Businesses agreed that Behrmann Meat Processing, Inc., and Behrmann Yorkshire Farms shall forfeit a total of $50,000 to the United States and shall pay a $5,000 fine. The Defendants further agreed to participate in an “e-verify” program, to permit voluntary employment compliance inspections of their business locations by agents and employees of the Department of Homeland Security - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and to participate in compliance training.

U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton noted, “While it is critical, in today’s harsh economy, that American businesses stay in business, it is equally important that these businesses operate within the scope of the law.”

This case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security - U.S. Customs and Border Protection and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Deirdre A. Durborow.










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