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Statement from U.S. Attorney John F. Wood

May 23, 2007


The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri has charged eight employees of a southwest Missouri poultry-processing plant with Social Security fraud and immigration violations in separate cases resulting from a two-year investigation.


One defendant was charged with Social Security fraud, one defendant was charged with falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen in order to obtain employment, and six defendants were charged with illegally entering the United States after having been deported.


We have an obligation to preserve the integrity of our nation’s immigration system. Those who repeatedly enter the United States illegally will be prosecuted. We will also aggressively prosecute any violations of federal law – including Social Security fraud. Innocent American citizens are victimized when illegal aliens use stolen Social Security numbers to obtain employment.


This is an ongoing investigation, and we are continuing to process the information we received as a result of yesterday’s law enforcement operation and arrests.