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December 11, 2008

Asset forfeiture sought in agriprocessors case

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KTIV) - United States Attorney Matt M. Dummermuth announced today a modified indictment was returned today against Agriprocessors, Inc.; Sholom Rubashkin, 49; Brent Beebe, 51; Hosam Amara, 44; and Zeev Levi. The charges against former co-defendant Karina Pilar Freund have been dropped from this most recent Indictment. Freund entered a guilty plea yesterday to one misdemeanor count of aiding and abetting a pattern or practice of hiring undocumented aliens.

Added to this Indictment was a forfeiture allegation. The allegation seeks the forfeiture of all proceeds of the alleged offenses of harboring undocumented aliens for profit and conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens for profit. The allegation also seeks the forfeiture of all property used to facilitate those same alleged offenses. The Indictment specifies Agrprocessors, Inc.'s corporate name, trademarks, and corporate stock as being subject to forfeiture. The trademarks alleged include Iowa Best Beef, Shor Habor, Aaron's Best, and Rubashkin.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Peter Deegan, C.J. Williams, and Matt Cole and was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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