Getzel Rubashkin, one of his grandsons who worked at the plant, was reported as saying: “Obviously some of the people here were presenting false documents. Department of Labor or local Postville authorities.
Immigration authorities somehow picked it up and they did what they are supposed to do, they came and picked them up. The June 25, 2013 edition of the television documentary-news program "Frontline" ran a segment on sexual harassment of undocumented female workers employed in agricultural operations in the U. The documentary claimed that this sort of thing had also been going on in a particular Agriprocessors plant in Postville.
Financial irregularities brought to light by the raid and subsequent investigations led to a conviction of the plant's chief executive Sholom Rubashkin on bank fraud and related charges.
Sources quoted in the affidavit and application for search warrant also alleged the existence of a methamphetamine laboratory at the slaughterhouse, and that employees carried weapons to work.
Later press reports do not indicate that a methamphetamine laboratory was found during the search.
With helicopters, buses and vans, hundreds of federal officials from the ICE together with agents and officers of other federal, state, and local agencies, raided the meat packing plant in the morning hours of , seizing company records and arresting 389 individuals.
According to a retired federal agent, a raid on Agriprocessors expected to lead to the arrest of about 100 illegal workers mostly from Eastern Europe was planned in 2000, and canceled at the last moment over political concerns. An affidavit the Homeland Security Department filed in court before the raid cited “..issuance of 697 criminal complaints and arrest warrants against persons believed to be current employees,” and to have acted criminally.
The Rubashkin family, ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Lubavitcher hasidic movement, who owned and operated Agriprocessors, has denied any knowledge of criminal activity.
Aaron Rubashkin, the owner of the company said that he had no idea that his workers were illegal and that they had produced what appeared to be legitimate work documents.
In March 2009, De La Rosa-Loera was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison.
In September 2008 Aaron Rubashkin, his son Sholom Rubashkin, as well as the company's human resources manager, Elizabeth Billmeyer, and two office employees, Laura Althouse and Karina Freund, were charged for child labor violations.
Billmeyer was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, to be followed by two years of supervised release for harboring undocumented aliens and accepting counterfeit resident alien cards.