A Washington Farm Has Been Fined $1 Million For Rehiring Illegal Immigrants It Had Fired, And Asking Them To Work Nights

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SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state organic farm has been fined $1 million for firing, then rehiring illegal immigrants following a federal audit.U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez leveled the fine recommended by federal prosecutors against Duvall-based HerbCo International Inc. on Tuesday in a Seattle federal court.

Three company officials, including CEO Ted Andrews, also pleaded guilty to misdemeanour charges.

Prosecutors say HerbCo fired nearly 90 illegal immigrants because of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement audit. But they say it rehired some of those workers, paid them cash and asked them to work at night because production began to drop.

A HerbCo employee tipped off ICE to the scheme, sending agents pictures of envelopes full of cash.

The $1 million will be paid over five years.

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