HOUSTON (AP) - Prosecutors can seek indictments against the
owner of a Houston rag exporting company and three managers accused
of knowingly hiring unauthorized workers.
A magistrate ruled the government has enough evidence to support
the federal charges related to the June 25th raid.
Officials believe Mabarik Kahlon, owner of Action Rags USA, and
three supervisors conspired to conceal and harbor unauthorized
workers and induced them to stay in the U.S. illegally.
The others who could face indictments are human resources
manager Valerie Rodriguez, manager Cirila Barron and warehouse
supervisor Mayra Herrera-Gutierrez.
Attorneys for the defendants yesterday questioned the role of
four paid confidential informants, who also were given immigration
But Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Davis says 85 percent of plant
workers were undocumented.
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