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New charges filed in Iowa slaughterhouse case

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Federal prosecutors have added wire and mail fraud charges to the allegations against the former manager of a kosher slaughterhouse in northeast Iowa.

The new, 163-count indictment was filed Thursday against Sholom Rubashkin, a former executive at Agriprocessors Inc. in Postville.

The charges stem from an immigration raid at the plant in May 2008.

Prosecutors say Rubashkin requested advances of a $35 million bank loan by fax. According to the indictment, the requests were based on false information sent to the plant's largest lender, First Bank Business Capital of St. Louis. The government also alleges that Agriprocessors mailed false financial reports to the bank.

The trial on the financial charges is set for Sept. 15. A trial on immigration charges will follow.

Why is Rubashkin Being Treated Like a Fiend?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Sholom Mordechai was essentially a glorified shochet and butcher, the country's largest producer of kosher meat. His beard and black hat were enough to unnerve many Jews.