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Businessman Involved in Immigration Raid Appears in Court
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)—Former businessman Hosam Amara appeared before a U.S. District Court judge Friday for harboring hundreds of undocumented immigrants at a Postville meat-packing plant.
Amara plead not guilty for employing more than 300 undocumented immigrants at Agriprocessors plant. Officials raided the site in May 2008 in of the country’s largest immigration stings.
Nearly 5 years later, after fleeing to Israel, the 48-year-old man made his first US court appearance.
Amara faces a long list of federal charges including conspiracy to harbor undocumented immigrants for profit, harboring undocumented immigrants for profit, conspiracy to commit document fraud, and aiding and abetting document fraud.
According to court documents, Amara encouraged workers to get fake identification cards.
He’s also accused of using a separate payroll for the undocumented workers to make it look like they weren't part of the company, according to the criminal complaint.
Because Amara already fled the country once, the judge ordered he be held in jail until his trial.
His trial is set to begin on July 1st.